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Prentice Daigle

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On December 6, 2007, police in Houston, Texas arrested 19-year-old Prentice Daigle after they confiscated a substance from him that field-tested positive for cocaine.

On December 10, 2007, Daigle pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation for two years.

In October 2008, Daigle’s probation was revoked after he was arrested for theft and he was resentenced to one year and three months in Texas State Jail.

On July 28, 2010, the Houston Police crime laboratory tested the suspected cocaine and the tests failed to detect any controlled substance.

Eventually, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office conviction review unit was informed of the negative laboratory finding and notified Daigle’s defense attorney.

In May 2016, a petition seeking to vacate Daigle’s conviction was filed and was supported by the prosecution. In August 2016, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and vacated the conviction.

On September 27, 2016, the prosecution dismissed the charge.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 10/4/2016
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2007
Convicted:2007
Exonerated:2016
Sentence:1 year and 3 months
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:19
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No