Innocence Project Client Rosa Jimenez Released After 17 Years in Prison
Ms. Jimenez was released today after more than 17 years in prison for a crime she did not commit.
01.27.21 By Innocence Staff
Rosa Jimenez was released this evening after more than 17 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. Today, the Honorable Karen Sage of the 299th District Travis County Trial Court issued a decision in Ms. Jimenez’s habeas petition granting her relief based on false forensic testimony and actual innocence for the murder of a 21-month-old child in her care.
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In her decision, Judge Sage stated that, “There was no crime committed here … Ms. Jimenez is innocent,” and added, “I cannot give Ms. Jimenez justice today, but hopefully I can give her the inalienable right that she has been deprived of for far too long: her freedom.”
Ms. Jimenez has always maintained her innocence and has said the child’s death was a tragic accident and not murder. Top pediatric airway specialists testified that the medical findings are supportive of an accidental death and Ms. Jimenez has been wrongfully convicted of a crime that never occurred. Approximately 40% of exonerated women were wrongly convicted of harming children or other loved ones in their care.
“There was no crime committed here … Ms. Jimenez is innocent.”
“I just want to say thank you to all the people that stood behind me all these years: the Innocence Project … the [Mexican] consulate, José Garza, and all those people that stood behind me,” Ms. Jimenez said following her release. “Thank you so much and I am just going to try to live my life with my kids”.
Speaking in Spanish about the moment she was told she would be released, Ms. Jimenez said, “I could not even believe it until I just walked out the door and it was the first moment I felt it was true,” at a press conference this evening. “It all seemed like a dream and it’s not.”