Ex-Death Row Inmate Sentenced on Sex Charges
Posted November 27, 2007 3:44 p.m. EST
Winton, N.C. — 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.