Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fort Worth man wrongly sentenced as teen to be released on bond after 24 years in prison

 A Fort Worth man who has spent 24 years in prison after being wrongfully charged and over-sentenced will soon return home.

Forth Worth Star-Telegram

James Aaron Dyson, 41, was sentenced to 50 years in prison when he was 17 for shooting a man who had killed his best friend. While Dyson admits the shooting occurred, prosecutors at the time charged him with engaging in organized crime and presented false evidence that Dyson was a member of the R-13 gang, which enhanced the charge and sentencing guidelines.

Dyson has spent the last two decades fighting for his innocence while vehemently denying he was a gang member or that the shooting was gang-related. In August, Steve Conder with  the tarrant county District Attorney's office Conviction Integrity Unit, investigated Dyson’s claims and agreed.

Dyson, his attorney Chris Self and Conder went in front of tarrant county judge in March to plead their case and present evidence of why Dyson should be released from prison on time served. Several of Dyson’s childhood friends testified that Dyson was not a gang member and that the shooting was motivated by grief and anger over his friend’s death.

The killer was sentenced on a murder charge to 20 years less than Dyson’s charge.

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