Valentino Dixon gained national attention when a 2012 Golf Digested article spotlighted his golf illustrations and the questionable evidence that had put Dixon in prison on murder charges. Six years later, Dixon is walking out of prison, following years of legal battles, activism, and a confession of guilt by another man that proved Dixon’s innocence.
The 2012 article focused on Dixon’s relationship to golf illustrations, which became his hobby in prison after a warden requested that he sketch Augusta’s 12th hole from a picture. Dixon developed the hobby independently, finding comfort in the landscapes and design complexity of golf courses. Dixon has never played a round of golf.
Now Dixon has been acquitted of the 1991 murder of Torriano Jackson after spending 27 years in prison.
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