Louisiana man released from jail for crime he did not commit 30 years later

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DNA evidence has exonerated a Louisiana man who has been locked up for more than three decades for a rape he didn’t commit.

Archie Williams was sentenced to life in prison for rape in 1982.

The only evidence the jury had to convict him was a picture of Williams that the victim identified as resembling the suspect.

Recently, a national fingerprint database was able to match prints from the crime scene to another man.

Archie Williams said, “You never give up on yourself, you always fight for your freedom.”

Hillar C. Moore, East Baton Rouge District Attorney said, “This is a wrongful conviction based on technology that was in place then.”

Williams can seek damages of up to $350,000 from the state of Louisiana.

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