Jimmy Ray Bromgard celebrates five years of freedom


After serving nearly 15 years for a crime he did not commit,

Jimmy Ray Bromgard

was exonerated on October 1, 2002 after DNA testing proved his innocence. Bromgard was convicted of rape and sentenced to three 40-year terms. Today marks the fifth anniversary of his exoneration.

The causes of Bromgard’s wrongful conviction included fraudulent science and incompetent lawyering, factors common in wrongful conviction cases. Visit the

Understand The Causes

section of our website to learn more about causes of wrongful conviction.

Other exoneration anniversaries this week:


Earl Washington

, Virginia (Served 17 years, Exonerated 10/2/2000)


Leonard Callace

, New York (Served 5.5 years, Exonerated 10/5/1992)


Scott Fappiano

, New York (Served 21 years, Exonerated 10/6/2006)


Douglas Echols

, Georgia (Served 5 years, Exonerated 10/7/2002)

Samuel Scott

, Georgia (Served 15 years, Exonerated 10/7/2002)

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