Vincent Alfred Simmons (born February 17, 1952) was a life prisoner at Angola State Prison in Louisiana, where he was sentenced to 100 years in July 1977 after being convicted of the "attempted aggravated rapes" of 14-year-old twin sisters Karen and Sharon Sanders of Marksville. Simmons has maintained his innocence throughout. By 1999 Simmons had filed numerous habeas corpus writs, but had not gained an evidentiary hearing by a Louisiana court.After receiving a copy of his evidence file in 1993, he had found that it contained exculpatory evidence that was not given to his court-appointed attorney by the District Attorney, and that there were inconsistencies in reports and statements of victims and witnesses.
A judge ruled Monday that a Louisiana man who has been fighting to clear his name for decades did not get a fair trial in 1977. The ruling came 44 years after Vincent Simmons was convicted of attempted aggravated rape of twin 14-year-old sisters.Judge Bill Bennett ordered a new trial, but the district attorney said he will not retry Simmons, meaning Simmons is now a free man after decades in prison — three days before he turns 70 years old.
We all are aware of how trying times are. Vincent Simmons has spent 44 years in prison unjustly and is now home starting from scratch with little to no resources. We as a community have used our voices to help protest and support and he is now finally free. Now we are kindly asking that you can donate whatever you see fit to help Vincent Simmons on his new road to freedom