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Gerardo Vasquez

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On January 17, 2008, police in Houston, Texas arrested 20-year-old Gerardo Vasquez after they seized white powder from him that field-tested positive for cocaine.

On May 22, 2008, Vasquez pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

More than six years later, the Harris County District Attorney’s Post Conviction Review Unit notified Vasquez’s defense attorney that the Houston Police crime laboratory test testing of the powder was negative for the presence of a controlled substance.

On October 2, 2014, the prosecution joined with Vasquez’s attorney to file a motion 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
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2008
Convicted:2008
Exonerated:2014
Sentence:Probation
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:20
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No