Virginia Court to Consider Exoneration Bid

By: AP
By: AP

November 19, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A hearing is set for a Virginia man who is trying to clear his name after spending four years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit.

The Virginia Court of Appeals will hear Johnathan Montgomery's case Tuesday. Montgomery was released from prison last year, but the conviction remains on his record even though his accuser has admitted that she lied.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is supporting the exoneration bid.

Montgomery's accuser, Elizabeth Paige Coast, was sentenced in August to two months in jail for committing perjury. Coast claimed Montgomery molested her in Hampton in 2000 when she was 10 and he was 14. She later said she made the story up when she was 17 after her parents caught her looking up adult material on the Internet.

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