But after the Senate vote, it wasn't about money for Alan Crotzer. He started to speak about his mother, and his wish that she could have lived to see this day, to know that she had been right.
His mother always believed in him and encouraged him to keep fighting to prove his innocence. She told him "God's going to fix it, and when he does he's going to fix it right." While he was imprisoned, Alan Crotzer's mother died, and he was not allowed out to attend her funeral. That his mother didn't live to see him set free is the hardest thing he deals with.
His fingerprints were not at the crime scene. Witnesses verified he was elsewhere when the crimes took place. Through the efforts of the Florida Innocence Project he was freed when DNA evidence proved he could not have committed the crimes. His co defendants said he wasn't with them the night of the crimes.
He spent 24 years 6 months 13 days 4 hours locked up, separated from his loved ones. He was stabbed while in prison. And yet he can still love. This man, Alan Crotzer, is a rock.
In Florida, nine inmates have been exonerated through DNA evidence. Eight were set free, one died while in prison.
Contributing sources for this report:Tampa Tribune online; David Royse, The Associated Press.