DNA clears Louisiana man sentenced to life for rape

January 11, 2019 - 9:29 am
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BENTON, La. (AP) - DNA testing has cleared a man sentenced to life for raping a woman in front of her husband and children at a Bossier City motel.

KTBS-TV reports a state district judge in Bossier Parish signed an order Wednesday vacating 58-year-old Eric Prudholm's aggravated rape conviction and sentence.  In return, he pleaded no contest to robbery getting credit for time served.

Prudholm had been jailed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola since 1981, when he was 21.  He walked out of the facility Thursday.

The only evidence presented against him was an identification by the victim who admitted being asleep in a dimly lit room and her eyes were mostly closed during the attack.  She also initially described Prudholm as a dark-skinned black man, when his complexion is light-brown.

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