DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A Texas man who spent more than 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of kidnapping and robbery raised both arms skyward and collapsed in his mother's embrace Thursday after being told he was a free man.
Patrick Waller's sobs were the only sound at a crowded hearing attended by four other inmates also exonerated by DNA testing.
"It's all right, honey," Patricia Cunningham told her son. "It's over. You're out of here. You're going home."
"All these guys I just met, I have all their clippings," Waller said. "It always gave me hope that one day it would be my turn."
Waller's ordeal began in 1992 when two men kidnapped a couple and stole several hundred dollars. The men also sexually assaulted the woman after tying up the man, District Attorney Mike Ware said.