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08/12/2007 01:37 PM ID: 64208 Permalink   

Man Cleared by DNA After Pleading Guilty to Rape to Avoid Possible Life Sentence in 1984


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.

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  oh my god  
that's a whole lifetime he spent "convicted".
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/12/2007 01:46 PM     
pretty harsh.

I see a law suit coming on...
  by: Maxx20     08/12/2007 02:38 PM     
And rightfully so. This man had his entire life stolen from him. The system did everything possible to destroy this mans life and make him as miserable as possible. I think he has some retribution coming.
  by: valkyrie123     08/12/2007 03:09 PM     
  poor guy  
and all the other people still in jail who plead "not guilty" and got life sentences when they were innocent... our justice system is so flawed
but there will still be people saying "if you didnt do anything you have nothing to fear"
  by: JulesLady     08/12/2007 04:54 PM     
  He's lucky he didn't get the death penalty  
There are too many lawyers in the US that are more concerned about getting a "win" rather than seeing justice get served.

If he has been cleared of the original offence that got him into this mess in the first place, why can't he get a full unconditional pardon for all the other stuff?
  by: CrisW   08/12/2007 06:48 PM     
  @ JulesLady  
I've often thought that "justice", in America at least, is a one-word oxymoron.
  by: Discarded Vet   08/12/2007 07:32 PM     
  Not Surprised  
The real harshness is how the authorities put so much pressure on a person to confess just to get a conviction from any (poor) soul weather guilty or innocent... They took 7 years from me.

Thank God for DNA It's helped more than you could imagine.
  by: TBN   08/12/2007 07:42 PM     
dont you mean thank evolution?

  by: groomsy     08/12/2007 11:37 PM     
So how many of you would be foaming at the mouth saying "hang the bastard" if the article was after the original conviction?

"Man convicted of raping girl gets only 4 years in prison."
  by: Kavok   08/13/2007 09:53 AM     
  Erm, what exactly did the state do?  
He pleaded guilty.

As for his claims that the rape conviction prevented him getting work, he freely admits he got into fights a lot before the conviction and sold stolen goods for friends.

The only problem I see here is a rapist got away with his crime, again, mostly because this fool pleaded guilty to it.
  by: Gogevandire   08/13/2007 10:24 AM     
  Yeah but  
back in 84 I don't think DNA testing as as prevalent
  by: hl2k   08/13/2007 10:29 AM     
  I was going to comment on  
how the crimes the man committed afterwards were most likely a result of false imprisonment and abandoned hope in life since he was falsley accused.

I hope he gets help to get rehabed (because this is someone who I'm sure could be rehabilitated) and I hope that he gets his life back.
  by: Jediman3     08/13/2007 02:25 PM     
Except he was already well known by the local PD, having been in numerous fights, including with police officers, and selling stolen goods, and burglary.
  by: Gogevandire   08/13/2007 05:43 PM     
you have a point there. On the other hand, I've seen some pretty aweful video. You should see what some officers will do to get a conviction. I mean, days and days of telling them they did it and to confess. Giving them details along the way so they know what to confess to. Hell, by the end of it, some people actually believe they did it. In fact, they feel they are getting off light due to the plea deal, despite having absolutely no evidence.
  by: seniorgato     08/13/2007 06:21 PM     
  Too Bad  
its just too bad he will never see any lawsuit money since federal law says that while incarcerated you can not recieve any money from a law suit against the gov't...he will have to wait until he gets out for his money if he gets out....
  by: dubbc187   08/13/2007 11:39 PM     
do you have a link to that information?

Only info I have is that his 42 year sentence for a drug conviction has been reduced to 10.

42 years! Holy crap, he suffered 4 years for pleading guilty to rape and gets over ten times that for drug possession!
  by: jendres     08/14/2007 04:51 AM     

"First trouble

Born in Tallulah, La., and brought up in Grand Prairie, Henton was an outgoing kid, always smiling and singing, fun to be around, relatives said.

But he admits that he was a wild teenager who was into martial arts and not afraid to get into fights, including with police officers.

When he was 17, Henton said, he got into trouble when he fenced some tires his friends stole.Believing he deserved a second chance, prosecutors offered him four years' probation if he pleaded guilty to burglary."
  by: Gogevandire   08/14/2007 09:12 AM     
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