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11/22/2011 07:15 pm ET Updated Nov 23, 2011

Sunny Jacobs, Peter Pringle, Former Death Row Inmates, Marry In New York City

Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs and Peter Pringle -- both of whom separately served time on death row in Florida and Ireland, respectively, for murders they say they did not commit -- tied the knot in New York City on Nov. 13.

The two met in Ireland in 1998 during an Amnesty International event they attended after their release from prison, Irish Central reports (Jacobs was speaking at the function, and Pringle was introduced to her there).

Just six months after meeting, Jacobs and Pringle fell in love, and now the couple plans to return to their cottage in Ireland to continue their lives.

Jacobs was incarcerated after a 1976 "shootout" from a car left two officers dead in Florida.

Walter Rhodes, Jr., a friend of Jacobs' then-husband Jesse Tafero, blamed the couple for the murders. The two were put on death row, where Tafero was executed in 1990. But Jacobs had her sentence decreased to life in prison and had her conviction overturned in 1992, according to the New York Times.

Pringle acted as his own counsel to overturn his conviction after he was accused of murdering two officers during a bank robbery in Ireland. Pringle had originally been sentenced to be hanged until Ireland's president reduced the sentence to 40 years without parole, the New York Times reports.

On appeal, Pringle was able to provide evidence that an alleged confession had been taken down before he was interrogated. The court ruled in his favor, and Pringle was released after 15 years in 1995.

Jacobs' story of her wrongful conviction has been turned into a 2005 made-for-TV movie, "The Exonerated," starring Susan Sarandon, as well as an off-Broadway play by the same name, which debuted in 2002.

Brooke Shields, Marlo Thomas and Amy Irving, who have all played Jacobs in the play, attended the New York ceremony last week.

Jacobs and Pringle have continued to share their stories in an effort to speak out against the death penalty, according to Time magazine.

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