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Houston man freed after 27-years in prison for crime he did not commit

Posted on August 11th, 2010 No Comments

July 30th, 45-year old Michael Green of Houston was exonerated on charges of rape from 1983 after spending 27 years in prison.  DNA evidence that was not used when he was charged and convicted showed that he was not guilty of the crime.  Green, then 18-years old, was convicted after the rape victim identified him in a photo array and lineup.  Green was sentenced to 75 years in jail for the crime he did not commit.

The DNA evidence was also able to identify the four men who were involved in the rape, three of whom admitted their guilt.  The statute of limitations has ended on the case and none of them men can be prosecuted for the crime.  However, three of the four have been to prison for other crimes, and two of them remain behind bars.

Green’s 27 years in prison is the longest any exonerated Texan has spent in jail.

If you or someone you know has been wrongfully charged with a crime, contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-222-0400 to learn more about your rights.