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Johnathan Johnson

Other Harris County Drug Cases
On August 10, 2011, police in Houston, Texas arrested 19-year-old Johnathan Johnson after they confiscated a substance from him that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

On September 8, 2011, Johnson pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

On October 20, 2011, tests performed by the Houston Police Department crime laboratory were negative for the presence of any controlled substance.

The laboratory report was sent to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, but, along with hundreds of other similar reports, it was overlooked until years later.

Eventually, the District Attorney’s conviction integrity unit began notifying defendants of the lab results. In 2016, Johnson’s defense attorney was informed of the negative test results. On April 21, 2016, the prosecution and defense jointly filed a state law petition for a writ of habeas corpus to vacate the conviction.

On July 27, 2016, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and vacated the conviction. On August 24, 2016, the prosecution dismissed the charge.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 8/25/2016
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2011
Sentence:2 years
Age at the date of reported crime:19
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No