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DeJuan Jordan

Other Sex Offender Registration Exonerations
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In 2019, DeJuan Jordan was exonerated of two separate convictions in El Paso County, Texas for which he had been sentenced to a combined six years in prison.

On May 7, 2014, 38-year-old DeJuan Jordan was arrested in El Paso County on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. The charge was based on a 2004 conviction in Indiana where Jordan pled guilty to sexual battery of a 15-year-old girl.

On December 9, 2015, Jordan pled guilty in the 120th Judicial District Court to failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Jordan was released from prison on February 5, 2016.

On July 19, 2016, Jordan was arrested again in El Paso County on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender—again based on his 2004 conviction in Indiana.

On October 19, 2016, Jordan pled guilty in the 243rd Judicial District Court to failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

He was released from prison on April 26, 2018. Not long after, he was arrested for a parole violation. In June 2018, the El Paso County District Attorney’s office discovered that in 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety had determined that the Indiana charge of sexual battery did not require sex offender registration in Texas.

In June 2018, El Paso County Assistant District Attorney Lori Hughes notified Jordan and his attorneys. In August 2018, Hughes supported separate state law petitions for writs of habeas corpus filed to vacate Jordan’s convictions.

In September 2018, Judge Maria Salas Mendoza recommended that Jordan’s 2015 conviction be vacated. That same month, Judge Luis Aguilar recommended that Jordan’s 2016 conviction be vacated.

On December 19, 2018, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued separate rulings granting both writs and vacating both convictions. On January 15, 2018, both cases were dismissed.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 2/14/2019
State:Texas
County:El Paso
Most Serious Crime:Sex Offender Registration
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2014
Convicted:2015
Exonerated:2019
Sentence:2 years
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of reported crime:38
Contributing Factors:Inadequate Legal Defense
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No