On January 25, 2011, 25-year-old Alexander Hebrard was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in Harris County, Texas. The charge was based on a records search that showed Hebrard had been convicted in Oregon in 2009 on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and illegal possession of a firearm.
Hebrard pleaded guilty on January 27, 2011 and was sentenced to four years in prison.
In 2013, Hebrard filed a state petition for a writ of habeas corpus claiming that the Oregon conviction had been reversed in 2010 because of an illegal police search. The petition alleged that Hebrard had received inadequate legal defense because the Oregon case had been dismissed on December 30, 2010 and therefore he was not a convicted felon at the time he was arrested in Harris County. The petition was supported by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
On July 24, 2013, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and the case was dismissed. Hebrard had already served his sentence by the time the writ was granted and remained in custody on another charge.
– Maurice Possley
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.