TODAY: Louisiana man jailed for nearly 50 years to be released after judge overturns rape conviction

Updated (11/15/17):

Jones was released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison today around noon after posting his $2,000 bond.

"I have a hot bowl of gumbo waiting on me at home," Wilbert Jones told our reporter.

Local 33 and Fox 44 will have the full story tonight starting at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Original Story:

Wilbert Jones, a Louisiana man who has served nearly 50 years in prison on a rape charge, is set to be released Wednesday after a judge overturned his rape conviction. 

65-year-old Jones was convicted of rape after being arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a nurse in 1971.  In October, District Court Judge Richard Anderson overturned that conviction, saying authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago. 

On Tuesday, Anderson set Jones' bond at $2,000.  Jones is set to be released from the Wade Hunt Correctional Center and transferred to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he will walk free.

After serving 45.5 years, Jones will be the longest serving exoneree once he is released.   


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