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Judge rules man cleared of murder charges must stay in prison

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - A Racine County Court judge says a man must remain behind bars, despite murder charges being dismissed.

32-year-old Xavier Rockette was convicted of first-degree murder in 2003, sentenced to 35 years in prison. He served over a decade of that sentence.

However, the charge was dismissed when one of the prosecution’s witnesses allegedly lied during testimony.

Despite the dropped charge, the circuit judge says Rockette must serve a charge of recklessly endangering safety until next spring.

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