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Innocence Project Northwest Exonerees and Freed Clients

Husband, student, mother, cousin, daughter, father, brother, sister, friend – IPNW’s exonerees and freed clients were many things to many people before the justice system made them prisoners. There is a powerful story behind each face and name on this page. While every story is unique, they all share two themes – innocence and freedom.

Meet IPNW Freed Client, Lester Griffin

Thanks to the tireless efforts of students, volunteers, and staff - as well as the generous support of friends and donors - Innocence Project Northwest has exonerated 14 men and women who collectively served over 100 years for crimes they did not commit and freed and additional 10 innocent men and women.

If you have a loved one who has been wrongfully convicted in the State of Washington, see our Request Assistance page for more information. Curious to know how we choose our cases or what the difference is between an exoneree and a freed client? Take a look at our FAQ

  • Donovan Allen
    Donovan Allen

    Year Exonerated: 2015
    Years Imprisoned: 15
    County: Cowlitz
    Contributing Causes: False Confession, Perjury/Informant

  • James Anderson
    James Anderson

    Year Exonerated: 2009
    Years Imprisoned: 4
    County: Pierce
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/Informant, Inadequate Defense

  • Jeannie Bent
    Jeannie Bent

    Year Freed: 1999
    Photo not available

  • Ted Bradford
    Ted Bradford

    Year Exonerated: 2010
    Years Imprisoned: 9
    County: Yakima
    Contributing Causes: Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession

  • Lawrence Catcheway
    Lawrence Catcheway

    Year Freed: 2000
    Photo not available

  • Henry Cunningham
    Henry Cunningham

    Year Exonerated: 1999
    Years Imprisoned: 5
    County: Chelan
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/False Accusation, Official Misconduct, False Confession, Inadequate Defense
    Photo not available

  • Jeramie Davis
    Jeramie Davis

    Year Exonerated: 2013
    Years Imprisoned: 6
    County: Spokane
    Contributing Causes: False Accusation, Inadequate Forensics

  • Larry Davis
    Larry Davis

    Year Exonerated: 2010
    Years Imprisoned: 17
    County: Clark
    Contributing Causes: Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct

  • Tyler Gassman
    Tyler Gassman

    Year Exonerated: 2013
    Years Imprisoned: 4
    County: Spokane
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/Informant, Inadequate Defense

  • Ralph Gausvik
    Ralph Gausvik

    Year Exonerated: 2000
    Years Imprisoned: 5
    County: Chelan
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/False Accusation, Official Misconduct, False Confession
    Photo not available

  • Heidi Goodwin
    Heidi Goodwin

    Year Conviction Vacated: 2016
    Years Imprisoned: 10

  • Doris Green
    Doris Green

    Year Exonerated: 2000
    Years Imprisoned: 6
    County: Chelan
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/False Accusation, Official Misconduct, False Confession

  • Lester Griffin
    Lester Griffin

    Year Freed: 2017
    Years Imprisoned: 8

  • Laura Holt
    Laura Holt

    Year Freed: 1999
    Photo not available

  • Selid Holt
    Selid Holt

    Year Freed: 2000
    Photo not available

  • Robert Larson
    Robert Larson

    Year Exonerated: 2013
    Years Imprisoned: 4
    County: Spokane
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/Informant, Inadequate Defense

  • Sagadewan Naicker
    Sagadewan Naicker

    Year Freed: 2012
    Photo not available

  • Alan Northrop
    Alan Northrop

    Year Exonerated: 2010
    Years Imprisoned: 17
    County: Clark
    Contributing Causes: Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct

  • Brandon Olebar
    Brandon Olebar

    Year Exonerated: 2013
    Years Imprisoned: 10
    County: King
    Contributing Causes: Mistaken Witness ID, Inadequate Defense

  • Randall Reed
    Randall Reed

    Year Freed: 2000
    Photo not available

  • Paul Statler
    Paul Statler

    Year Exonerated: 2013
    Years Imprisoned: 4
    County: Spokane
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/Informant, Inadequate Defense

  • Meredith Town
    Meredith Town

    Year Exonerated: 2000
    Years Imprisoned: 6
    County: Chelan
    Contributing Causes: Perjury/False Accusation, Official Misconduct, False Confession

  • John Wiser
    John Wiser

    Year Freed: 2001
    Photo not available

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