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Michael Earnest

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On September 8, 2014, police in Baytown, Texas arrested 26-year-old Michael Earnest after confiscating a plastic bag containing 150 suspected Xanax pills for which Earnest did not have a prescription.

On October 23, 2014, Earnest pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was sentenced to four years of probation.

On October 27, 2014, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences notified the Harris County District Attorney’s Post Conviction Review Unit that lab tests on the pills showed the pills were non-prescription sedatives and no controlled substances were present.

The prosecution notified Earnest’s defense attorney and joined in a motion on October 28, 2014 to vacate the conviction. The motion was granted that day and the charge was dismissed.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 1/14/2015
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2014
Age at the date of reported crime:26
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No