Yusman Telaumbanua is from Riau, Indonesia. He worked as a plantation worker. He left elementary school and is unable to read or write. According to the police he was born in 1993, but Yusman claimed he was bon in 1996, which means he could have been 16 years old at the time crime was commited and at the time when he was sentenced to death. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of three men in April 2013 in the North Nias Island. He did not appeal the sentence as he was not told by his lawyer that he had the right to appeal. Later on, it was proved by Legal Aid Institute that Yusman in innocent and he was released on August 17, 2017, just a few weeks before his execution.