Timothy Howard was wrongly convicted in 1977 of a December 31, 1976 bank robbery and murder based on the prosecution's concealment of exonerating evidence. Sentenced to death, he was later resentenced to life in prison when Ohio's death penalty was declared unconstitutional in 1978. "The case against Howard unraveled when new evidence was uncovered, some through Freedom of Information Act requests filed by Howard. Fingerprints and conflicting witness statements made to the FBI were not made available to defense attorneys.
Howard was found 'actually innocent' in March 2006 after a trial held to determine his eligibility for compensation under Ohio's wrongful conviction compensation statute. Timothy Howard was subsequently awarded compensation of $2.5 million on June 28, 2006 by the state of Ohio.
He died in March 2007 of a heart attack.