Crosley Green not eligible for parole until 2054, Florida review board says

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Brevard County man who has maintained his innocence after being convicted of murder has been tentatively granted parole decades from now.

Crosley Green was convicted of murder more than three decades ago, but has never stopped proclaiming his innocence.


The Florida Commission on Offender Review has denied a request for immediate parole, instead, this week they gave Green a tentative parole release date in 2054. By then, if he’s alive, he’d be 97 years old.

“It was really devastating for Crosley and his family and all of his supporters,” said Jeane Thomas, a partner at Crowell & Moring.

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Green’s two paths to freedom remain parole or clemency.

On Sept. 5, 1990, Green was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1989  first-degree murder of Charles “Chip”  Flynn, who was shot to death in Mims.  Green’s attorneys say there’s no direct evidence tying him to the murder, and that prosecution witnesses have recanted testimony since Green’s conviction.

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In 2009, Green was resentenced to life in prison.

In 2018,  Green’s conviction was overturned, but then an appeals court overturned that ruling. The U.S Supreme Court declined to hear Green’s case.

“Even though the parole commission ruled on Wednesday that they would not be looking at this case again until March of 2026, we are pursuing any number of options,” Thomas said.

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As of yet, Green’s defense team has not presented a case for clemency to the governor.

“We think there are compelling grounds based not only on the overwhelming evidence that he’s innocent of this crime but also that he’s been an absolute model prisoner over 32 years, just a spotless record,” Thomas said.

Green was under conditional release from April 2021 to April 2023 until attorneys exhausted all their legal options in court, and Green was forced to report back to prison to continue his sentence.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.