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Sat Apr 28, 2018, 12:35 AM

Missouri Man Who Beat 26-Year Conviction Seeks Millions From St. Francois County

In June 2011, deputies in rural St. Francois County, Missouri, raided Timmie Alan Pierce's chicken coop. What they found was enough to score a 26-year conviction for various drug offenses.

But they did not have a warrant. And so while they caught Pierce in the coop with materials commonly used to cook methamphetamine, the court of appeals for Missouri's Eastern District threw out the evidence garnered in the raid and vacated his sentence. Prosecutors decided not to try him again.

Yesterday, Pierce filed a lawsuit against St. Francois County Sheriff Daniel Bullock, two deputy sheriffs and the county itself. He's asking for more than $2.5 million.

The calculations on that number involve many factors. Pierce, a laborer, says he spent 23 months in prison before finally being released from prison in January 2017. He spent $12,000 on a criminal defense lawyer, lost an estimated $80,000 in wages and also suffered from his "loss of freedom of movement."

Read more: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/04/27/missouri-man-who-beat-26-year-conviction-seeks-millions-from-st-francois-county

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