Man Freed After 30 Years Thanks to DNA
Cornelius Dupree was charged with rape and robbery in Texas in 1979. Now he is a free man. But there is much more to the story. Read on…
Cornelius Dupree Jr was jailed from 1979 to 2010 as part of a 75-year sentence for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The 51-year-old was freed on parole in July 2010. DNA test results then proved his innocence roughly one week later. Dupree could have been freed sooner but he refused to admit that he was guilty of rape. An admission would have given him a lifetime label as a sex offender. Dupree got married the day after he got out of prison to a woman he met 20 years ago while he was incarcerated. Dupree is now eligible for $80,000 for each year he was behind bars on the wrongful conviction, plus a lifetime annuity. He could also recieve $2.4 million in a lump sum.
Here is more on the Dupree case from the Associated Press