Exoneration Anniversary: Jonathan Rivera

Sarah Burgess — June 12, 2018 @ 11:19 AM — Comments (0)

Happy 10 year exoneration anniversary, Jonathan Rivera!

In October of 2005, Jonathan Rivera was charged with the murder of Adam Anhang that took place a month prior in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rivera was misidentified by a witness, causing his wrongful conviction. At the time, Rivera worked at the restaurant that Anhang’s widow, Aurea Vazquez Rijos, owned. In September of 2007, a witness of Anhang’s murder identified Rivera as the perpetrator. Rivera was then convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison, despite the lack of any physical evidence connecting him to Anhang’s murder.

However, the Puerto Rican Department of Justice chose to re-investigate the case and found that soon after Anhang’s murder, a police officer had discovered that a man named Alex Pabon-Colon had actually committed the crime. After Pabon-Colon and Anhang’s widow were indicted with murder and conspiracy, Rivera was exonerated from prison on June 8th, 2008.

Happy 10 years of freedom, Jonathan!

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