Cornelius Dupree Jr.

A Texas man declared innocent Tuesday after 30 years in prison could have cut short his prison stint twice and made parole — if only he would admit he was a sex offender.

Cornelius Dupree Jr., raises his hands in celebration with his lawyer Nina Morrison, left, and attorney Barry Scheck, right, in Dallas on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Dupree served 30 years for rape and robbery before being exonerated by DNA evidence. Mike Fuentes / AP

But Cornelius Dupree Jr. refused to do so, doggedly maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery, in the process serving more time for a crime he didn’t commit than any other Texas inmate exonerated by DNA evidence.

“Whatever your truth is, you have to stick with it,” Dupree, 51, said Tuesday, minutes after a Dallas judge overturned his conviction.

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Posted on January 4, 2011, in News/Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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