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Thaddeus Jimenez Released from Prison 16 Years After Being Wrongfully Convicted of Murder

Firm News | May 4, 2009

Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, who was arrested in 1993 at age 13 and later wrongfully convicted for a murder he did not commit, was released from the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, after 16 years, 2 months, and 27 days of wrongful confinement.  Jimenez, who is now 30 years old, is believed to be the youngest person in Illinois history convicted of a crime he did not commit, who was later fully exonerated.  He may, in fact, be the youngest person in United States history to be wrongfully convicted of a crime and then later fully exonerated. 


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  • Certificate of Innocence (June 3, 2009)
  • Petition for Certificate of Innocence (May 27, 2009)
  • Grand Jury Indictment of Juan Carlos Torres (May 19, 2009)

Supporting Documentation

  • Illinois Appellate Court Order Affirming Conviction (Jan. 18, 2000)
  • Petition for Post-Conviction Release
  • Petition for Relief from Judgment (May 1, 2009) 
  • Order Vacating Conviction and Order Granting Immediate Release (May 1, 2009)
  • Appellate Brief
  • Chronology of Thaddeus Jimenez’s Exoneration
  • Images: The Exoneration of Thaddeus Jimenez
  • Video: The Exoneration of Thaddeus Jimenez

Coverage of Thaddeus Jimenez's Story

  • "Arrested at 13, inmate freed," Chicago Sun Times, May 4, 2009
  • "Illinois Man Imprisoned At 13 Freed After 16 Years,", May 4, 2009
  • "Man exonerated after 16 years behind bars,", May 4, 2009
  • "The Exoneration of Thaddeus Jimenez," Above the Fold, May 4, 2009
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