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Billy James Smith


Years Imprisoned:

19

Charge:

Sexual Assault (includes aggravated)

Sentence:

Life Imprisonment

Year Convicted:

1987

Year Cleared:

2006

Location of Trial:

Texas

Result:

Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

Wrongly convicted in 1987 of a 1986 sexual assault. Sentenced to life in prison. Released in July 2006 based on exclusionary DNA test unavailable at the time of his conviction. Wrongly imprisoned for 19 years.

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Released in July 2006 based on exclusionary DNA test unavailable at the time of his conviction.

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Age When Imprisoned:

35

Age When Released:

54

Information Source 1:

Old cases back to haunt county, By Steve McGonigle, Dallas Morning News, January 22, 2007

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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/012207dnmetexoneration.203a0e8.html

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