| Then: In 1984, Buddy Nickerson was not an angel in the eyes of the criminal justice system. He rode a Harley Davidson with a carefree attitude that would cease in September of that year. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department arrested Buddy for two murders and one attempted murder. Overzealous detectives thought they had their man, convinced by Buddy’s carefree history. After three long years fighting for his life in Santa Clara County jail, Buddy was convicted of murder. During his 19 years of unjust incarceration, he lost his mother and his younger brother. Fortunately two attorneys committed to investigating Buddy’s case and due to their efforts, Buddy’s conviction was vacated in March of 2003. Buddy was released on March 24, 2003 after serving 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Now: Today, Buddy still drives a Harley Davidson and draws support from regular participation in a 12 Step program. He reaches out to others and helps with the healing process of those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse, while also treating his own desires to self-medicate. Buddy has been compensated and just purchased a home in Los Banos. He states: “Life has its ups and downs, its bends and twists… You can look at the bends and twists in the road or you can admire all the beauty along the journey.” Buddy spends quality time today with his family and remains on the journey of healing.