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The Innocent
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John Stoll

John Stoll
Arrested:1984
Convicted:1985
Age:41
Occupation:General Contractor
Counts: 17
Sentence: 40 years
People in Ring:3 others (2 reversed)
Years Served: 20
Attorney: Northern California Innocence Project
Settlement: Not finished. He's suing for $50 million. Received $700,000 in May 2006 from the California Victim's
Compensation Board. The Attorney General's Office recommended the compensation.

 

John Stoll
Jeff Modahl

Jeff Modahl
Date Arrested:1984
Age:30
Occupation:Mechanic
Convicted:1986
Sentence:80 years, 32 suspended, 48 final
People in Ring:6 others (all reversed)
Kids involved:Carla and Teresa Modahl (10 and 12)
Carla recanted immediately after trial. No one listened. She tried tocommit suicide when she was 12 and did so 16 times after that.
Years Served:15
Attorney:Snedeker
Released:1999
Settlement:Received a portion of a $4 million settlement he shared with co-defendants Got out after two pieces of evidence surfaced. One was a medical record the DA had said was never taken. The second was an audio tape of an interview with one of his daughters. The tape reveals inappropriate interviewing techniques.

 

Jeff Modahl
Marcella Pitts

Rick Pitts

Marcella and Rick Pitts
Arrested:1984
Occupations:Worked in a sewing factory and truck driver
Ages:29 and 31
Convicted:1985
Counts:377 (total for whole ring)
Sentence:Life imprisonment - 373 year minimum
People in Ring:7 (all convictions reversed) - In the appellate court in Fresno.
Attorney:Snedeker
Released:1990
The California Court of Appeal wrote that it found acts of prosecutorial misconduct "too numerous to chronicle." The court went on for nearly a hundred pages citing instances of every type of misconduct imaginable, from providing false information to the jury, to introducing Jesus Christ himself as an unsworn witness for the government. In unusually strong language, the court wrote, "The record is replete with examples of an overzealous prosecutor who, in his blind quest to convict, forgot or ignored his constitutional and ethical duties as representative of the People." - Edwardhumes.com

 

Marcella Pitts

Rick Pitts
Brenda Kniffen

Scott Kniffen
Brenda and Scott Kniffen
Date Arrested:1982
Ages:28 and 30
Occupations:Inventory manager at a diesel shop, home maker
Convicted:1984
Sentence:240 years each
People in Ring:4 (all convictions reversed)
Kids Involved:4
Attorney:Snedeker
Settlement:$275,000
Released:1996
Brenda Kniffen

Scott Kniffen

 

 

 

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