At any minute,51 year old Ricardo Rachell will walk out of the Harris County Jail processing Center.
Who knows what will be going through his mind as he steps into the sunlight on this chilly Friday afternoon, thirteen days before Christmas?
Rachell will be a free man for the first time in five years.
Earlier, State District Judge Susan Brown removed the last hurdle that was wrongly keeping the convicted sex offender behind bars.
In 2003, Rachell was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, an eight year old boy, and sentenced to forty years in prison.
DNA tests now prove that Rachell did not commit the crime.
2 on the beatis waiting outside of the jail, and hoping for a chance to interview Rachell.
We’ve been told he is reluctant to talk because he has a severe facial deformity.
In the meantime, I am wondering, what do I ask a man who has spent five years away from his family and friends, locked up for a crime he didn’t commit?
“How does it feel” – that question seems so inadequate.
UPDATE: Harris County and The Texas Department of Corrections are bickering over the time and location of Rachell’s release. Because a bench warrant was issued in his name so that he could be brought to Houston for this morning’s hearing, the county may send him back to Huntsville for processing.