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Danny Sweat

Other 2015 Texas Drug Cases
On August 21, 2009, police in Houston, Texas arrested 29-year-old Danny Sweat after they seized a substance from him that field-tested positive for cocaine.

On August 24, 2009, Sweat pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 60 days in the Harris County Jail.

In 2015, the Harris County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit was informed that the Houston Police crime lab had tested the substance in 2010 and found no illegal drugs.

The prosecution informed Sweat’s defense attorney and joined in a state-law petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking to vacate Sweat’s conviction. The trial judge recommended that the writ be granted and on September 16, 2015, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and vacated the conviction.

On October 15, 2015, the prosecution dismissed the charge against Sweat.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 10/25/2015
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2009
Convicted:2009
Exonerated:2015
Sentence:60 days
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:29
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No