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Governor Grants Pardons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Rick Perry has granted a full pardon to a Dallas man who served 22 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit.

DNA testing proved the innocence of Billy Wayne Miller and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had recommended his case for clemency.

Miller was convicted of aggravated sexual assault in Dallas County in 1984 when he was 31. He was given a life sentence until evidence later supported his innocence.

Perry also granted clemency for 14 others -- many of them involved in drug crimes and convicted in their teens or early 20s.

All were recommended favorably by the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Among them was Daniel Guadalupe Olivarez of Amarillo. The 25-year-old was convicted of the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and served 12 years in prison.

Olivarez was granted a full pardon -- as the result of an investigation into a series of arrests in Tulia. An investigation of the Tulia cases found that dozens of black defendants were convicted based only on an undercover officer's testimony.


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