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Wrongly convicted US man cleared after 25 years

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Wrongly convicted US man cleared after 25 years


A Texas man has walked free from prison after DNA tests suggested he is not guilty of committing a sexual assault for which he was convicted.

Larry Sims, 61, had five months of his 25-year sentence left to serve.

He was originally found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at party in 1986.

New DNA evidence showed that the alleged victim had had sex with somebody else and not Sims, leading a Dallas judge to order his release.

But only a Texas appeals court has the power to completely exonerate him.

Sims will still have to wear an electronic tag and register as a sex offender until his name has been cleared.

His lawyers say that if he is declared an innocent man, they are likely to press for some form of financial compensation.

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