DNA frees Metairie man jailed in 1997 rape case

GRETNA, La. (AP) - After spending 17 years in prison for an attempted rape he did not commit, Nathan Brown will soon be a free man.

Our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reported that state District Judge Ray Steib on Wednesday vacated Brown's 1997 conviction and 25-year sentence after attorneys from Innocence Project presented DNA evidence that exonerated the 40-year-old father.

Brown was convicted of attacking a woman as she returned home to her Metairie apartment on Aug. 7, 1997.

The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office did not oppose Brown's application for post-conviction relief.

Innocence Project attorney Vanessa Potkin said Brown, who is being held at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility in St. Gabriel, is expected to be released Wednesday.


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