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Houston man is out on bond after spending 23 years in Jail

The Houston Chronicle posted a story today about a Houston man, Ernest Sonnier, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1986 for aggravated kidnapping, but who today is allowed to go free pending more investigation.  The Harris County District Attorney’s Office did not oppose his release.

Ernest Sonnier was charged with aggravated kidnapping for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman in 1985.  Apparently 2 men kidnapped the woman and drove towards San Antonio.  During the drive, they each abused her sexually.  Although 2 men were responsible for the crime, only one person was convicted and as it seems, wrongfully so.  DNA testing has since proven that those responsible are actually 2 convicted felons and not Sonnier.