Michael Anthony Green is a free man. After spending 27 years in a Texas prison for a crime he did not commit, he was released last week after DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. He was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 75 years in prison back in 1983, when he was 18 years old. He is now 45.
Mr. Green can thank Pat Lykos, the Houston County District Attorney, for his release. After Ms. Lykos was elected in 2008, she formed the Post-Conviction Review Section in her office and it chose Green’s case as one of the first to look at. The review team found the only remaining evidence in the case–the clothing worn by the victim during the rape–and had it tested. The results excluded Green. Law enforcement authorities were able to determine the identity of the four men who committed the crime by use of the DNA evidence–however, they cannot be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.
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