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Judge given 120 days to decide fate of George Powell

A Bell County judge has 120 days to decide if George Powell should be set free, get a new trial or continue serving his 28-year sentence for an armed robbery he said he didn't commit.

BELL COUNTY, Texas — Judge John Gauntt, the Bell County judge tasked with deciding the fate of George Powell, was given a deadline of 120 days to submit his findings and recommendation to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Powell was sentenced to 28 years for an armed robbery that happened in 2008 but has always maintained his innocence. A major height discrepancy and false testimony from a jailhouse informant are leading Powell's innocence claim.

Gauntt has yet to submit any findings following a set of hearings in the case last year.

Gauntt's recommendation will decide whether Powell will be set free, get a new trial or continue serving his sentence.

Powell is represented by attorneys with the Innocence Project who specialize in fighting wrongful convictions.