Meet the Exonerees

Jeremy Sheets

State: Nebraska
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: 1992
Age at Arrest: 22
Conviction Date: 1997
Age When Exonerated: 27
Exonerated Date: 06/12/2001
Time Served: 5
Conviction: Murder, Use of Weapon to Commit Felony
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No

Case Details

Jeremy Sheets was arrested for the rape and murder of seventeen-year-old Kenyatta Bush. He was convicted in 1997 based exclusively on a taped confession by his co-defendant, Adam Barnett. However, Barnett hanged himself before the trial, so he could not be cross examined by Jeremy's defense attorneys. The trial judge denied a motion to bar the recording from evidence, and Sheets was sentenced to death. In 2000, the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned Jeremy's conviction due to the illegal use of the recorded confession. In 2001, Jeremy was freed, as there was absolutely no reliable evidence to retry him.