Court overturns sex assault conviction for Lufkin man

Tony Hall mug shot courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Tony Hall mug shot courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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.

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