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Sep 28, 2011 8:01 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Freed inmate sentenced on battery charge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gene Bibbins, who spent more than 16 years in the state penitentiary for a 1980s rape before DNA exonerated him, has been sentenced to three years in prison on a second-degree battery conviction.
The Advocate reports the 54-year-old Bibbins was accused of punching a woman in the face several times, causing serious bodily injury to her in September 2010. He was found guilty in March.
State District Judge Tony Marabella said Tuesday he would recommend that Bibbins receive drug treatment during his confinement.
Bibbins was convicted in 1987 in the aggravated rape of a 13-year-old girl and sentenced to life in prison.
DNA testing later cleared him, and he was freed in December 2002.

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