This is an off-topic post for this blog, but Eric is the grandson of family friends of ours. Eric was being held in prison and convicted of murder in Nicaragua despite his solid alibi. He is now FREE!!!

DECEMBER 21, 2007

Statement from the family of Eric Volz – Friday, December 21, 2007 – 8:30pm Central

“Eric Volz was released from a Nicaraguan prison hospital earlier today and will be in hiding, due to reports of threats against him.
We have reason to believe he is being followed and are taking every precaution to assure his safety.

Our family is overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support of Eric’s innocence over the past year. In the center of an impossible situation, we have experienced the most abundant love from friends and total strangers, and we thank you.

We are grateful to the courageous individuals in the Nicaraguan government who fought for truth and justice to prevail in this case as well to those in the US government who provided assistance in securing Eric’s release.

This ordeal has taken an incredible physical and emotional toll on all of us, especially Eric. We thank you in advance for respecting our privacy and allowing our family to recover.”

CNN Video
Associated Press story