Tony Hopps Released After 31 Years Wrongfully Incarcerated
On August 23, 2021 after more 31 years wrongfully incarcerated, Tony Hopps walked free from Hardee Correctional Institution in Bowling Green, Florida, as a result of a re-investigation by the Conviction Review Unit (CRU) in the office of Thirteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Andrew Warren, and an agreement to relief with Hopps’ attorneys at the Innocence Project of Florida (IPF). CRU lead attorney Teresa Hall determined that the State can “no longer stand by the convictions.”
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Leonard Cure Exonerated After More Than 16 Years Wrongfully Imprisoned
A little more than a year after beginning review of Leonard Cure's case, the State Attorney's Conviction Review Unit of the 17th Judicial Circuit has fully exonerated him of the convictions that imprisoned him for more than 16 years.
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