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Man is cleared (but name isn't)

October 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Authorities said a 44-year-old man spent nearly a week in jail because he has the same name and hometown as a suspect 23 years younger.

Jesse Ray Hardy Jr. of Greenville was arrested Monday, then taken to jail 160 miles away to face charges of resisting an officer, breaking and entering, and failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The mix-up wasn't realized until Friday. But he didn't have a way home.

The judge, prosecutors, defense attorneys and bailiffs collected $58 to buy Hardy lunch and a bus ticket.

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