Sergio Radillo, Jr.

In October 1993, three masked gunmen invaded a home in Miami-Dade County, Florida while the two residents, a man and a woman, were home.  The men stole valuables and lit the male resident on fire before fleeing.  One of the gunmen lifted his ski mask, and the victims thought he looked like Sergio Radillo, the son of a business associate.  Radillo was arrested and went to trial in 1995.  The victim’s identification was the only evidence against Radillo.  A jury convicted him of attempted murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery, and he was sentenced to life.   In 2004, Radillo’s father learned that another inmate, Orlando Borges, had bragged about committing the robbery.  In exchange for immunity, Borges told prosecutors that he had committed the robbery and Radillo was not involved.  In January 2005, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge overturned Radillo’s conviction and granted him a new trial.  Prosecutors announced that they were dropping the charges in March 2005.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012


Most Serious Crime:Attempted Murder
Additional Convictions:Robbery, Kidnapping
Reported Crime Date:1993
Contributing Factors:Mistaken Witness ID
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No