Fingerprints Exonerate Man of 1982 Rape After Spending 36 Years in Prison - 03-22


Archie Williams spent 36 years in prison for a 1982 rape and assault that he didn't commit, and on Thursday (March 21) he was released after being exonerated. During the 1983 case, Williams' family testified that he was at home during the time that the incident took place, but the 12 members of the jury found 22-year-old Williams guilty and he was sentenced to life without parole. Last week, new fingerprint technology with a national database showed that the crime was committed by Stephen Forbes. Forbes committed several other rapes around the same time and died in prison in 1996. Williams first requested that his fingerprints be run against the national database in 1999, but it was turned down by prosecutors.