Texas Man Freed After Doing The ‘Time’, But Not The ‘Crime’
58 year old Randolph Arledge is going to receive about two million dollars from Texas, and he didn’t win the money in the lottery.
In what appears to be a scene taken from “The Shawshank Redemption”, Arledge, just like his predecessor Andy Dufresne (pronounced DO-frain), exits from prison, and reaps a monetary windfall, after spending a great deal of his life behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.
Sentenced to 99 years for murder in 1984, when only 29 years old, the greatest invention in the world today (not Smart Phones, or Tablets), DNA, finally unlocked the steel bars that ultimately gave Arledge his freedom.
Randolph has a lot of catching up to do with his family members. Both of his children were under age seven at the time of his arrest, and I can’t even imagine the roller coaster ride they’ve endured.
According to the national registry of exonerations from the University of Michigan, Mr. Arledge became inmate number 118 to have his conviction overturned in a Texas state court, and that leads some to believe that Texas is too fast on the switch, especially when it comes to believing eyewitness testimony, when in this case, a personal vendetta, cost one man 29 years!