DNA Tests Free Man in Prison for 15 Years
A man who spent 15 years in prison for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl was freed at the urging of prosecutors who said DNA evidence proves his innocence.
Jimmy Ray Bromgard, 33, immediately turned and hugged family members in the courtroom.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh approved the request by the Yellowstone County attorney and Montana Atty. Gen. Mike McGrath, who had asked the judge to vacate Bromgard’s convictions based on the results of DNA testing that wasn’t widely used at the time of Bromgard’s trial in 1987.