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Friday, February 09, 2007

Dallas man freed through DNA evidence recieves pardon

Dallas man freed through DNA evidence receives pardon

DALLAS A Dallas County man who spent about 20 years in prison for a rape has received a full pardon from Governor Rick Perry.That's after D-N-A evidence cleared Larry Fuller in the rape of a 37-year-old woman.

Fuller was freed from prison in October when specialized DNA testing showed he didn't commit the crime. The Innocence Project says he's one of 12 Dallas County men to be exonerated by D-N-A evidence since 2001, and one of 24 in Texas since 1989.

The Innocence Project is a New York-based legal center that seeks to uncover wrongful convictions. Texas allows the wrongfully convicted to receive 25-thousand dollars for each year spent in prison -- with a limit of 500-thousand dollars.

Fuller was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1981. At the time, he was a 32-year-old decorated Vietnam veteran pursuing a career in art. He was released from prison in 1999 but sent back in 2005 for a parole violation.

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