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Ex-Death Row Inmate Sentenced on Sex Charges

Posted November 27, 2007

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— Alan Gell, the former death row inmate exonerated after prosecutors withheld evidence in his trial, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison on sex charges.

Gell, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with his relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Gell and the girl are the parents of a 16-month-old boy.

He spent five years on death row for the April 1995 slaying of retired truck driver Allen Ray Jenkins. He was awarded a new trial in 2002 after it was determined that prosecutors withheld evidence of his possible innocence from defense attorneys during his trial. A jury acquitted him in 2004.

After he was freed, Gell became an outspoken supporter of a death penalty moratorium and the need for justice system reform.


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  • lizard Nov 29, 2007

    What's the evidence of the rape? Just because they had a child together. Maybe they lived together and shared the same bathroom or something. (LOL - yeah I know, I know)

  • NC is my home Nov 28, 2007

    Perhaps we should change the penalty for sex offenders to that of castration. That would slow the crime down.

    However, since he saw fit to bring a child into this world, he should have to work to pay for the raising and not the taxpaers.

  • jafarmg2 Nov 28, 2007

    Folks....Gell did not get off on a technicality. The prosecution had ALIBI evidence for him and evidence that their two witnesses (who said he had done it, and who, if I'm not mistaken, were later implicated in the murder) were lying to them about Gell's involvement....that is NO TECHNICALITY. The "technicality" part that you all may think is a technicality, is that the prosecution is required under the Constitution to inform the defense when it has evidence exculpating the defendant (i.e. evidence that he isn't guilty)...the prosecution didn't do that in this case, it HID the evidence and purposefully kept it from him. That is not a technicality...

    Hummmm....would you say he was Nifoned?? Wonder why this prosecutor was not held accountable? Wonder why he wasn't disbarred??? Could it be because this defendent had no money?

  • Trixie Nov 28, 2007

    This is just a waste of taxpayers money. Save the prison space for true sex offenders: child molesters and rapists. He has a baby with this girl now and their relationship was consentual from the beginning. We need to remember that not too long ago it wasn't unusal for girls 15 and 16 to have kids by older men. It's a little creepy but it's not a sex crime. In cases like that it's the parents responsibility to talk some sense into their daughter, and tell the guy to hit the road.

  • LaLa-Land Nov 28, 2007

    What a total disappointment that someone would throw away a second chance of having a decent life. He will never change. I feel for his mother; he has put her through so much.

  • Adelinthe Nov 28, 2007

    "A. the guy pled guilty to the sex charges. B. the girl in question was not 15 when they started having sex, she was 13-14. C. He should serve more than 5 years and be required to be on a sex offender's list. D. This is an example of important it is for the police to investigate all cases correctly"


    But now worried about the baby too.

    Praying for both children.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • mvnull Nov 28, 2007

    "He should serve more than 5 years and be required to be on a sex offender's list." I won't comment on the length of his sentence, he will be placed on a sex offenders list.

  • jackadoo Nov 28, 2007

    Regardless of his previous conviction and it being overturned, this guy obviously is no choir boy, and should serve whatever time is appropriate, and be registered as a sex offender. He is also an idiot for failing to take advantage in life of the sympathy he received from many upon his release.
    But as my friend says..."you can't fix stupid".

  • -info- Nov 28, 2007

    so he was wrongly imprisoned and he gets a pass on knocking up a child 14 or 14 years old....does this negate money owed him??? for false imprisonment...

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 28, 2007

    This guy did NOT get off on a “technicality”. He was found INNOCENT by a jury. The first prosecutors had evidence he was innocent and hid it in order to get a conviction. In other words, they tried to kill him. I think the prosecutors are guilty of attempted murder and should be tried and executed (if found guilty).

    But while he has already served five years, he committed THIS crime AFTER that so he shouldn’t be eligible for time served.