Black People : Robert Carroll Coney

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    Prisoner freed from jail after 41 unjust years
    Court documents say man coerced into confessing
    Associated Press

    Published: Thursday, August 12, 2004
    Updated: Friday, January 9, 2009

    Robert Carroll Coney, 76, left, holds his wife┬┤s hand outside the Angelina County Jail Tuesday in Lufkin, Texas. Coney was released after serving more than 40 years in prison.

    LUFKIN, - A 76-year-old prisoner walked out of jail, a free man for the first time in 41 years, after a judge dismissed the conviction against him.
    Robert Carroll Coney, convicted of a 1962 robbery, exhibited a surprising lack of bitterness as he left Angelina County Jail with his wife on Tuesday.
    "I'm going to try to pick up the pieces," Coney told the Lufkin Daily News in Wednesday's editions. "If I was angry, what could I do about it?"

    Coney said his identity had been confused with a man he had carpooled with through Lufkin on the day of the crime: March 7, 1962. Court documents state Coney falsely confessed to the crime after Angelina County deputies broke his hand, the Daily News reported.

    State District Judge David Wilson, who dismissed Coney's charges, investigated the case and found that then-Angelina County Sheriff Leon Jones and his deputies used physical force to extract confessions, often crushing prisoners' fingers between jail cell bars.

    When Wilson questioned Coney, the prisoner held up two twisted and bent fingers.

    "I remember the sheriff well," Coney said.....(continued)"

    Judge Wilson had one final recommendation: "I hope the petitioner hires a good screenwriter."