Wyo. man struggles after DNA rape exoneration
A Cheyenne man freed by DNA evidence after serving 23 years is prison is struggling with a lack of money, computer skills and a car.
Sixty-three-year-old Andrew J. Johnson tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he's elated to be free but says he was basically released into society as a homeless person.
Wyoming, like many states, doesn't have a law requiring exonerated prisoners to be compensated. Johnson has been relying on his family for money. His niece and nephew have been helping him navigate technology.
He's been making frequent visits to the unemployment office. He walks everywhere despite arthritis in both knees.
Johnson was released from prison in April on bond after DNA evidence in the 1989 rape case excluded him as the source. The charges against him were dismissed in July.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com
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