News 01.06.12

Last of the “Dixmoor Five” Exonerated of Murder

Shainne Sharp, who was previously cleared through DNA testing of a 1991 Chicago-area murder he didn’t commit, was exonerated on Wednesday when his guilty plea and conviction were vacated and the state dismissed the indictment. 

Sharp and four other men were juveniles when they were convicted of the crime based largely on their false confessions. Robert Taylor, Jonathan Barr and James Harden were exonerated by the same evidence in November and Robert Veal was exonerated the following month. Sharp and Veal pled guilty to the murder and testified against their three co-defendants in exchange for reduced sentences. Sharp served 10 years in prison for the crime. He is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.

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