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Who is Vincent Simmons and what happened to him?

A PRISON prisoner has been released after his charges were dismissed, his freedom coming 44 years from the date of his conviction.

Vincent Simmons Convicted on July 28, 1977 and was exonerated for his criminal record four decades later.

Never-before-seen evidence leads to Vincent Simmons' freedom in February 2022

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Never-before-seen evidence leads to Vincent Simmons’ freedom in February 2022

Who is Vincent Simmons?

Vincent Simmons is a Louisiana native was convicted of two counts of willful aggravation of rape in July 1977.

Each charge resulted in a 50-year sentence for Simmons.

Throughout his detention, the Louisiana native maintained his innocence and insisted he was not the perpetrator behind the sexual assault of the two victims.

During his imprisonment, Simmons pushed for his trial to be overturned 16 times.

What happened to Vincent Simmons?

On February 14, 2022, Vincent Simmons’ original judgment was overturned and his allegation dismissed.

After four long decades in detention, he was released due to new evidence unearthed by CBS Newswas not presented to a jury in 1977.

Simmons to KALB: “God keeps hope alive in me. God did this for me today.”

His lawyers, Justin Bonus and Malcolm Larvadain told CBS on the day he was released: “The fact that he’s not angry… that’s the thing about Vincent. If I were Vincent, I’d be angry. .”

Simmons’ lawyer added: “He wasn’t angry. He forgave them because he knew the revenge was not his.”

Will Vincent Simmons get a new probationary license?

When Simmons was released, Judge Bill Bennett of the Avoyelles Parish Bar Association ordered a new trial.

However, District Attorney Charles Riddles III has denied all other charges against Simmons, so there will not be a new trial.

In official court documents, Riddles III stated: “In case anyone doubts, no, this is not a claim of innocence.”

The district attorney added: “We tried to release him months ago because he’s served enough time. Let this case go to bed and the victims don’t have to endure a single blow. Again.”

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