Ernest Sonnier spent the weekend with his family for the first time in 23 years after he was freed from prison Friday based on evidence of his innocence. The Innocence Project will continue working to fully clear Sonnier’s name, as DNA testing has implicated the two real perpetrators of the crime for which Sonnier was convicted. The facts of the case are here.
More than 17 relatives – encompassing five generations and ranging in age from 18 months to 94 years – joined Sonnier at the Harris County Courthouse Friday as he was freed on bond pending further proceedings. Two other men proven innocent by DNA testing –
– were also on hand to congratulate and support Sonnier and his family.
Hundreds of Innocence Project supporters sent personal messages to Sonnier this weekend welcoming him home.
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Here’s a sampling of media coverage of Sonnier’s release over the weekend:
A Time for Hugs and Happiness
Man Who Spent 23 Years in Jail Released on Bond After DNA Testing
Man Freed After 23 Years in Prison Due to DNA Evidence
New York Times:
Man Held for 23 Years Is Set Free by DNA Tests
Texas Man Convicted of Rape Freed After DNA Tests
Grits for Breakfast:
‘Nuther Exoneration Implicates Houston PD Crime Lab
Photo of James Giles and Ernest Sonnier