January 3 - DALLAS -- A Dallas man wrongly imprisoned since 1981 is free after a judge recommended overturning his 1981 aggravated sexual assault conviction. With several of his eight siblings cheering his release, 47-year-old Charles Chatman was released on his own recognizance Thursday after serving nearly 27 years of a 99-year sentence.
That made Chatman the longest imprisoned inmate of 15 from Dallas County to be cleared by DNA testing. The 15 is the most of any county in the nation. In all, at least 30 Texas inmates have been cleared by DNA testing, according to the Innocence Project. That's the most of any state in the nation.
Source: Associated Press
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