A.B. Butler did 17 years of a 99 year prison sentence for a Tyler, TX kidnapping and rape that DNA evidence proved he did not do. With the recommendation of the Smith County District Attorney, the Sheriff, and the Judge, Governor George W. Bush issued a full pardon in May, 2000 “based on innocence”. Before Centurions’ entry and sponsorship, Butler’s pro se petitions to the court for DNA testing were repeatedly rebuffed. Butler was cleared and freed when the DNA test results of three different hair and semen samples left by the perpetrator excluded him as the rapist.
A.B. is happily married and works in Tyler, TX.
Princeton Ministry Helps Man Prove Innocence
The Trenton Times
By Robert Stern
June 1, 2000