Texas: 42-year-old Eugene Ivory Henton has been cleared of a 1984 rape he pleaded guilty to because he feared a life sentence if convicted. The then 17-year-old was sentenced to 4 years in prison as part of a plea deal.
"I cried like a baby. I didn't want to do it," said Henton. DNA has cleared him of the rape but he remains in prison having been since convicted of aggravated assault and drug charges. He received severe sentences because he was a repeat offender.
Tarrant County prosecutors have thrown their weight behind Henton, saying that the crimes that followed were at least partially caused by his unjust imprisonment. He had a difficult time while in jail for rape and found himself unhireable on release.