LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Texas Court of Appeals has overturned a 17-year-old conviction for a Lufkin man accused of sexually assaulting a child.
Lufkin attorney Jeffrey Bates said Tony Glenn Hall, 43, had served a 15-year prison sentence for the crime. After his release, the alleged victim told him she had not been abused.
"I'm not a criminal lawyer," Bates said. "But he came into my office one day telling me his story and I knew I had to help him."
Bates said Hall had the girl write a statement saying she had not been abused by him, and they had it notarized.
District Judge Barry Bryan issued a ruling in January that recommended the conviction be overturned. The court of appeals overturned the conviction earlier this week.
Now, the state of Texas owes Hall more than $1 million in compensation, thanks to a state law which grants those wrongfully prisoned a certain amount for each year they are imprisoned.
Bates said Hall turned down a plea deal for probation in 1993, because he did not feel he should admit to something he did not do. Each time Hall attended a parole hearing while in prison, he again would not admit to wrongdoing, so he went back to prison each time.
Hall was released from prison in 2008.