A North Texas man wrongly convicted of murder two decades ago is officially exonerated.
In 1998, John Nolley was convicted of the 1996 murder of Sharon McLane of Bedford. New evidence in the case pointed to Nolley’s innocence and he was released on bond in 2016.
“I’m just ready to let the water go under the bridge and keep going,” Nolley said after his exoneration. “Life’s just been good. The path I’ve traveled, it makes me better appreciate life and you know relationships.”
On Wednesday, Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson filed an order dismissing the conviction. The paperwork was signed by State District Judge Louis Sturns, who apologized to Nolley on behalf of the state, and the charge was dismissed.
The exoneration means Nolley has been declared innocent and makes him eligible for state compensation, which is $80,000 for each year he was in prison, or about $1.5 million.