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Colorado Man Imprisoned For Decades Set Free

posted: 12/24/15
by: Jared Kaplan
Colorado Man Imprisoned For Decades Set Free
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Moses-EL while in prison, 2007.
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60-year-old Clarence Moses-EL has spent the past twenty-eight years in a Denver prison after being found guilty on rape and assault charges. He was convicted in 1988 after the victim identified Moses-EL as "the face that came to her in a dream." This week, he's a free man.

According to The Associated Press, a judge overturned the conviction after years of Moses-EL maintaining his innocence. Required for his release was a $50,000 bond, which was posted by some of his supporters.

Moses-EL had previously won a legal bid for DNA testing on the evidence, but the Denver police had already disposed of body swabs and the victim's clothing. The case inspired new legislation, which now requires DNA evidence in major felony cases to be kept for the defendant's lifetime.

In 2013, a man whom the victim had initially identified as her rapist, wrote to Moses-EL and admitted to having sex with the victim that same night. That man, L.C. Jackson, is currently serving time for two other rapes in 1992.

"This is the moment of my life, right here," Moses-EL told reporters. "I'm at a loss for words. I just want to get home to my family."

It remains to be seen if prosecutors will try Moses-EL again or if they'll seek charges against Jackson.

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