KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect.The top prosecutor in southwestern Missouri's Jasper County dropped the case against 58-year-old Mike Wilkerson last Friday, citing the recent DNA testing conducted on a cigarette butt and a condom found at the scene.You can also start or participate in a posted discussion in our Christian forum.Be our Guest You can browse the chat rooms and watch and listen as our guest here on this page.In Missouri, you can legally consent to sexual intercourse when you become 14 years old. However, if your partner is over 21 then the age at which you can legally consent to sexual intercourse becomes 17. Join Now You need to register your own chat nickname in order to actually participate in the chat (and the forums).
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Wilkerson lamented that he wasn't able to walk his daughter down the aisle and that he missed his son's wedding.
Asked whether he might sue, though, he said he and his lawyers didn't know what they'd do.