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Rape Charges Exonerated After Man Serves 12-Year Sentence

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DALLAS, TX- After spending 12-years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, a Texas man is exonerated and has his named cleared of all charges.

57-year old Michael Philips pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl at a Dallas motel in the early 90’s.

He served a 12-year prison sentence, and was finally freed in 2002.

But Philips alleges he only pleaded guilty on the advice of his attorney, who didn't believe a jury would clear a black man accused of raping a white teenager.

Phillips has always insisted that he's innocent, and now he's been proven right.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office tested the rape kit used to convict Philips, and found it matched someone else's DNA.

"It was all my father God that got me through this that's all I got to say that says speaks for itself. Pick up his book its truthful sees you through anything," said Phillips.

"You know I've done this too many times. It gets somewhat emotional sometimes because there's another one and there's probably going to be another one. When you look at the circumstances in his life you think, our system… wow, there is a problem," said Dallas Country District Attorney Craig Watson.

Phillips never requested for the rape kit to be tested.

The test is part of a push by the district attorney's office to test old rape kits for mistakes.

Phillips' case will now go to the Texas court of criminal appeals for final approval.

And Philips, who currently lives in a nursing home and suffers from sickle cell anemia could now be entitled to eighty thousand dollars a year, for each year of his wrongful conviction.

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