You chose to take the plea deal. So did Edgar Coker in 2007. However, he says he did not know that meant he would have to register as a sex offender. The judge ordered him to do so for the rest of his life.
You chose to go to trial, but in 2007 Edgar Coker decided to take the plea deal. However, he says he did not know that meant he would have to register as a sex offender. The judge ordered him to do so for the rest of his life.
Just three months after his conviction, his alleged victim recanted her allegations, now saying that Coker never raped her. But the courts rejected several attempts to get his conviction overturned, and he completed his sentence. About seven years after his conviction, with the help of University of Virginia’s Innocence Project, Coker was exonerated and his name was removed from Virginia’s sex offender registry.
Pleading guilty may result in a shorter prison sentence but can have other, lifelong consequences. Depending on the crime and defendant’s status, a conviction can lead to lifetime sex offender registration, deportation, loss of government benefits and employment restrictions.