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Richard Roberson

Other Harris County Drug Cases
On January 14, 2015, police in Baytown, Texas arrested 37-year-old Richard Roberson after they confiscated from him pills suspected to contain hydrocodone, a codeine-based painkiller.

On March 25, 2015, Roberson pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 30 days in the Harris County Jail, but was released immediately after receiving credit for the 71 days he had spent in custody after his arrest.

In August 2015, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences tested the pills and no controlled substances were found.

The laboratory notified the Harris County District Attorney’s conviction integrity unit, which informed Roberson’s defense attorney of the negative lab report.

In May 2016, Roberson’s attorney filed a motion for a new trial, supported by the prosecution. On May 12, the conviction was vacated and the prosecution dismissed the charge.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 5/31/2016
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2015
Convicted:2015
Exonerated:2016
Sentence:30 days
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:37
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No