The Los Angeles County district attorney announced on Thursday that Daniel Saldana, who is now 55 years old, was exonerated after being convicted in 1990 of opening fire on a car leaving a high school football game in Baldwin Park, east of Los Angeles.
The shooting left two of the six teenagers inside wounded but they survived.
Saldana was one of three men charged with the attack and was sentenced to 45 years in prison after being convicted of six counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle.
However, evidence by another convicted attacker emerged later that he “was not involved in the shooting in any way and he was not present during the incident.”
The 55-year-old, who appeared with District Attorney George Gascón at a press conference announcing his exoneration, said he was grateful to be freed.
“It’s a struggle, every day waking up knowing you’re innocent and here I am locked up in a cell, crying for help,” Saldana said, adding, “I’m just so happy this day came.”#US #California about 2 days
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