Four Texas women who were imprisoned almost 15 years after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls have finally had their criminal records expunged, by state District Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl, NBC News reported.
Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez were convicted in 1998 and served out their entire sentences before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals exonerated them in 2016.
Ramirez's niecesthen ages 7 and 9accused the four women of assaulting them during a 1994 weekend visit. One niece later recanted her testimony, saying family members coerced her to lie because they were upset about Ramirez being lesbian.
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, a 2016 documentary, details the women's journey.
The NBC News item is at www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/judge-clears-records-wrongfully-convicted-san-antonio-four-n943751 .