Wrongly convicted man walks out of Angola State Penitentiary


A man that spent almost 40 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, walked out of Angola State Penitentiary a free man.

Eric Prudholm was convicted of Aggravated Rape (now 1st Degree Rape) and Armed Robbery on Dec. 18, 1981 and has spent the past 37 years behind bars.

On Wednesday a Bossier Judge overturned the conviction and life sentence.

District Judge Parker Self signed the joint-motion to vacate the conviction and sentence, which had a caveat that Prudholm enter a “No Contest” plea to Simple Robbery and accept a sentence of seven years, with credit for time served.

Prudholm was greeted by his daughter Erica when he was released on Thursday.

“All I wanted was my father’s name cleared,” Daughter Erica Prudholm says. “Now we can try to build that father, daughter relationship that we have lost for so many years.”

The Innocence Project of New Orleans and DNA testing unavailable in 1981 helped to prove Prudholm's innocence. 

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