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Man Declared Innocent After Serving 30 Years for Rape, Robbery

A man had his conviction overturned this week after serving 30 years in prison for crime he did not commit. According to, the man was convicted of aggravated robbery in 1979 and sentenced to serve 75 years in prison. He was paroled last July after serving 30 years of his sentence. One week later, results from DNA tests showed that he was innocent. 

Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, was accused of rape and robbery in 1979. He was accused of being one of two men who robbed a couple outside of a liquor store in 1979. The men had a weapon and forced their way into the couple's car. Later, the two pushed the man out of the car and drove the women to a park where they raped her at gunpoint.

Dupree was charged with aggravated robbery and convicted of that crime, but was never tried on rape charges. Dupree tried to appeal his conviction, but was turned down three times by the Court of Criminal Appeals. Dupree is from Texas and, according to, he served the longest time in prison of anyone in that state that was later exonerated of their crimes because of DNA evidence.

Two people in the country are known to have served longer sentences in jail for wrongful convictions. A man in Florida was exonerated after serving 35 years in jail and a man in Tennessee served 31 years before being declared innocent.


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