Updated: Jan 30
My name is Jose Figueroa and I have been incarcerated for 25 years. on November 5th, 1995, two men approached 5 Mexican men in the parking lot of a housing complex. The group of men were drinking and spending time together when two men approached them from behind the house with guns and demanded "chavos" (term for money used by Puerto Ricans). The group of men did not comply, and the two men began shooting. Three of the five men were shot and survived and one man, Gerardo Rodriguez, was killed. The two shooters were wearing cloth over their faces to disguise their identity (their eyes were not covered). The men then left the area... I was charged tried and found guilty of one account of first degree Pre-Meditated Murder, One Account of Felony murder, Three Accounts of Attempted First Degree Murder, and Five Accounts of Attempted Robbery with a firearm. I was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for The Merged Charges of First Degree Murder and Felony murder, I was sentenced to 40 years in prison (Concurrent with the Life Sentence) for each account of attempted First Degree Murder and was sentenced to Fifteen years ( concurrent with the life sentence with a minimum of 3 years on each charge) For the five accounts of attempted robbery with a firearm. The five witnesses testified that two men appeared and demanded "chavos" (The Puerto Rican term used for money). The group of men did not comply with the demand and the two men began shooting. Both men had guns and they shot four of the six men that were present. The two men then ran away the witnesses testified that it was dark outside on November 5th, 1995 around midnight and none of the witnesses were able to identify the shooters or even indicated the type of clothing, stature or color of the bandannas the men were wearing. There were two other witnesses which were teenage girls (13-year-old and a 15-year-old at the time) that were coerced and pressured into making statements. Now detective Buissereth interviewed the teenage girls in my case without the presence of the parents was fired after making lieutenant because of lying to his authorities. He pressured the two teenage girls into making statements that he coerced them into saying what he wanted them to say. The state presented at trial a bandanna against me that was used during the crime was the reason why the victims could not identify the shooters. I asked for a DNA testing that was used as evidence. The prosecutors said that the bandanna was lost, and a known drug addict was used to testify against me at trial. Yet, was Found Guilty and Sentenced to the rest of my Life in Prison. But no one can put me at the crime scene. No fingerprints, No Murder weapon, and No DNA, and none of the witnesses can identify me as the shooter in these crimes. The trial transcripts will show that I got "railroaded". There are a lot of men and women in this country that are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, and I just happen to be one of the unfortunate ones. The reason that I know this for a fact is because I have been a living testimony of this experience for the past 25 years of my life so when I heard about flyguy and the services that they were providing for me and other inmates by giving me a voice, an opportunity to be heard. I knew that this was perfect for me to get my story out there for the world to see with the hope and prayer that God would send me an angel.
Jose Figueroa #720617
Mayo C.I. Annex
8784 US Highway 27 West Mayo, Florida 32066-3458
Current Release date! LIFE
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