Zane Crowder sits in prison, held on a life sentence, plus 25 years all because of an accusation. There was no physical / medical proof of there having been a crime committed.
By Edward Snook
Zane Crowder, now 35 years old, has been wrongly incarcerated in a Florida prison, by Judge Jan Shackleford of Pensacola, Florida since he was 23 years old. While Zane’s tragic story is long and involved, the following facts are indisputable:
Zane was convicted based solely on allegations by Shyane Ellis, aka Shyane Rene, an eight-year-old at that time, that Zane touched her privates.
There was no physical evidence in support of the accusation, even though the girl was thoroughly examined by a medical professional. The examining professional confirmed there was “no physical evidence of any damage to the vaginal area.” There was “no vaginal discharge or infections.”
Zane learned the day of trial that Judge Shackleford was prejudiced toward his attorney Patrece Cashwell.
Attorney Cashwell failed to obtain any expert witnesses for Zane or any other crucial testimony on his behalf.
Zane’s one day trial and subsequent conviction occurred on a Friday, creating what many call a “fire house jury”. Some of the jurors were caught sleeping during trial according to witnesses. They then voted to convict Zane.
Judge Jan Shackleford subsequently sentenced Zane to Life plus 25 years for allegedly touching his friend’s daughter.
It is an absolute fact that Judge Shackleford’s sentence was way beyond Cruel and Unusual punishment even if Zane was guilty, which there is strong evidence to the contrary.
Zane has consistently maintained his innocence since the day he was arrested, 13 years ago.
God help Judge Jan Shackleford for committing this travesty of justice.
Who within the Florida Justice System is going to stand up and be accountable?
Read our previous article: An Accusation Gets You Life, Plus 25 Years in Prison.