Governor Greitens commutes Rodney Lincoln's sentence on last day in office

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On his last day in office, now former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens commuted the sentence for Rodney Lincoln, who served 34 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Lincoln was convicted on a manslaughter charge after Jeanne Tate was stabbed to death in her St. Louis apartment in 1982. Her two young daughters violently attacked.

Lincoln's case was tried before DNA evidence was invented. He was convicted on a microscopic hair comparison that declared him to be a "match" to a hair found at the scene.

In 2017,  41 Action News aired an extensive story on Mr. Lincoln and others wrongly convicted. To read more click here.

Lincoln's sentence was commuted to time served.

 

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