Ernest Sonnier

Time Served: 22.5 years

Ernest Sonnier is the 358th person exonerated through DNA.

State: Texas

Conviction: Aggravated kidnapping

Sentence: Life

Incident Date: 12/24/85

Conviction Date: 12/01/86

Exoneration Date: 06/01/18

Served: 22.5 years

Year of Exoneration: 2018

Race of Defendant: African American

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Contributing Causes of Conviction: Eyewitness Misidentification, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

Type of Forensic Science Problem: Flawed Serology

Accused Plead Guilty: No

Death Penalty Case: no

Type of Crime: Sex Crimes

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