Posthumous Pardon for Man Wrongly Convicted

By Jane Geelan-Sayres
|  Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Spotlight: Timothy Cole

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Tim Cole's Family Attends Pardon Ceremony

Man wrongly convicted gets posthumous pardon from Governor Rick Perry

Spotlight: Timothy Cole

Timothy Cole died of an asthma attack in a Texas prison in 2000, but in 2008 his family got the confirmation of what they'd known all along, DNA tests proved he was not guilty of raping a Texas Tech student.
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Texas Governor Rick Perry was in Fort Worth on Friday to present a posthumous pardon to the family of Tim Cole.

Cole, who was serving a 25-year sentence, died in prison in 1999. After DNA testing, Cole was exonerated by a Travis County judge in 2009.

He was serving time for the rape of a Texas Tech student in 1985, a crime he did not commit.

Another man, Jerry Wayne Johnson, sent a letter to Cole's mother confessing to the crime.

Governor Perry signed the pardon papers in on March 1.

On Friday, Cole's mother, Ruby Sessions, plus his brothers and sisters attended  a ceremony where the Governor presented the pardon document and a flag which flew over the state Capitol.

"Words can't describe it, I just said that I asked them for three years for that little piece of paper," said Ruby Session, Cole's mother. "But I didn't realize it was gonna be framed and mounted, but I have that little piece of paper, and this is a glorious day."
 

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