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A California man was released from prison after 33 years Thursday after being cleared of six charges of attempted murder, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced.
Daniel Saldana, 55, was convicted in 1990 of six counts of attempted murder after being accused of shooting at a car containing six teenagers leaving a high school football game near Los Angeles in October 1989, a press release from the district attorney stated. Saldana, who was 22 at the time and worked as a construction worker, was charged with the crime along with two others in 1990 and sentenced to 45 years to life in prison, the release stated.
During a parole hearing in August 2017, another of the accused revealed to the board that Saldana was not involved in the shooting as he had not even been present during the incident. An investigation into those claims, however, did not move forward until the end of February 2023 when a copy of the hearing transcript was forwarded to District Attorney George Gascón’s office, the release stated.
Gascón stated, “As prosecutors, our duty is not simply to secure convictions but to seek justice. When someone is wrongfully convicted, it is a failure of our justice system and it is our responsibility to right that wrong. We owe it to the individual who was wrongfully convicted and to the public that justice is served.”
Saldana, told CBS News, “I just knew that one day this was going to come. I’m so grateful. I just thank God.”
Gascon tweeted Thursday, “D.A. Gascón joined Daniel Saldaña & his loved ones today to announce & celebrate his return home. Mr. Saldaña spent 33 yrs in prison after being #WrongfullyConvicted of attempted murder & sentenced to 45 yrs to life in 1990.”
D.A. Gascón joined Daniel Saldaña & his loved ones today to announce & celebrate his return home. Mr. Saldaña spent 33 yrs in prison after being #WrongfullyConvicted of attempted murder & sentenced to 45 yrs to life in 1990.🧵 pic.twitter.com/Kl2gFdcxeF
— George Gascón (@LADAOffice) May 25, 2023
“Although info surfaced in ’17 under the prior administration that could have led to #exoneration it went w/o action. A thorough review by LADA’s Conviction Integrity Unit in partnership w/ @BaldwinParkCA_PD this year led to finding Mr. Saldaña innocent. .@mromano @3StrikesProject assisted Mr. Saldaña & his family throughout the exoneration process. Welcome home, Mr. Saldaña.”
.@mromano @3StrikesProject assisted Mr. Saldaña & his family throughout the exoneration process.
Welcome home, Mr. Saldaña.
#BaldwinPark #LACounty #LADAOffice
— George Gascón (@LADAOffice) May 25, 2023
A 55-year-old California man who spent 33 years in prison for attempted murder has been declared innocent and freed, years after another convicted attacker told authorities the man “was not present during the incident.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 26, 2023
Innocent men don’t always stay out prison https://t.co/XMyi3hMmQo
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 26, 2023
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I have a cousin who spent 15 years in prison before the innocence project proved he was falsely convicted of a 1985 rape
Happy for your cousin!
I think a monetary restitution is in order! So sorry you went through this!
I wholeheartedly agree !
This guy will sue for millions and he will win
Wow! What an injustice!!!!
When will the justice system wake up and rightfully be called the justice system ???
How horrible to lose that much of your life for something you did not do!!!! OMG we definitely need an overhaul of our justice system!! Nothing can give this man back those 33 years he lost with his family!! Dear God bless him!
We will jail the true guilty in his place
Trump for Prison.
What a tragedy for this man! What a corrupt justice system we have! God is all knowing & His justice will prevail this evil.
I am happy for this innocent man! I can’t believe that the truth was told back in August 2017! Geez Louise! He should have been released back then!
Also I have no respect for George Gascon…a criminal DA from Los Angeles!