Stepfather of a Denver woman out on bond after 23 years in prison; DNA evidence prompts retrial

Man got life in prison after 1989 Wyo. rape case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The stepfather of a Denver woman is out on bond after more than 23 years in prison because DNA evidence prompted a retrial in a 1989 Wyoming rape case.

A stepdaughter of 63-year-old Andrew J. Johnson says he posted $10,000 bond Wednesday. Johnson previously had been transferred to the Cheyenne, Wyo. jail from the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins.

A judge granted Johnson a new trial Tuesday. Johnson's stepdaughter, Angela Johnson of Denver, says she was thrilled to hear of his release.

Johnson was convicted of raping a Cheyenne woman in her apartment in 1989. He was sentenced to life in prison because he had previous convictions.

Recently, the first-ever DNA tests in Johnson's case showed a match for the man who was the victim's fiance at the time, not for Johnson.

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