Former Football Star Released From Prison

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia judge voided a ten-year sentence Monday for Genarlow Wilson for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.

Instead the judge gave him a 12-month misdemeanor sentence with credit for time he already has served. The judge also ruled that Wilson doesn't need to be registered as a sex offender.

Monore County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson, no relation, wrote in his order "The fact that Genarlow Wilson has spent two years in prison for what is now classified as a misdemeanor, and without assistance from this Court, will spend eight more years in prison, is a grave miscarriage of justice."

The state is likely to appeal the ruling from Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson. Wilson already has served more than 27 months.

Now 21, Wilson is serving ten years without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty in 2005 of aggravated child molestation for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl during a 2003 New Year's Eve party involving alcohol and marijuana.

The sex act was consensual but was illegal under Georgia law.

Wilson also was charged with rape for being one of several male partygoers at the Douglas County hotel to have sex with a 17-year-old girl, but was acquitted. The party was captured on a videotape that was played for the jury.

Several influential people, including former President Jimmy Carter, stepped forward to support Wilson.

Wilon's lawyers could be heard applauding in their office after the order was released.
appeal proceeds.

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