Former Death Row Inmate Gets Five Years On Sex Charges

A former death row inmate freed from prison after prosecutors withheld critical evidence in his case is going to spend more time in prison on sex charges.

Alan Gell was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Gell admitted he had sex with his then-15-year-old girlfriend. The couple has a child, now 16 months old. The girlfriend had asked a prosecutor to recommend probation for Gell so he could help raise and support their child.

The 33-year-old Gell spent nine years in prison after being convicted of the 1995 slaying of retired truck driver Allen Ray Jenkins. A judge ruled in 2002 that prosecutors withheld statements from witnesses, and Gell was acquitted by a Bertie County Superior Court jury in February 2004.

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