DNA evidence leads to inmate out on bond, new trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A Wyoming man who was granted the state's first retrial based on DNA evidence has been released from jail on bond after more than 23 years in prison.

A stepdaughter of 63-year-old Andrew J. Johnson says he posted $10,000 bond Wednesday. Johnson previously had been transferred to the Cheyenne jail from the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins.

Johnson was convicted of raping a Cheyenne woman in her apartment in 1989. He was sentenced to life in prison because he had previous convictions.

Recently, the first-ever DNA tests in Johnson's case showed a match for the man who was the victim's fiance at the time, not for Johnson.

A judge on Tuesday granted Johnson a new trial.

Johnson's stepdaughter, Angela Johnson of Denver, says she was thrilled to hear of his release.

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