Man convicted of sex crimes 27 years later

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 11:33 a.m. CDT; updated 1:09 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 12, 2012

ST. LOUIS — DNA evidence that cleared Lonnie Erby after he served 17 years in prison for sexual assaults has now convicted another man for the same crimes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a St. Louis jury on Wednesday deliberated for just one hour before convicting 55-year-old Johnnie Moore on two counts each of forcible rape and sodomy for separate attacks on teenage girls in 1985.

Sentencing is Aug. 31. Moore could face up to life in prison without parole.

Erby was sent to prison after both teens picked him out of a lineup, but DNA evidence exonerated him in 2003. That same evidence pointed to Moore, who had a record of other sex crimes.

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