Won't get those 25 years back poor guy
Yup, time to sue some people.
This makes me sad and angry.
Was made to spend his youth in prison...
Imagine the psychological impact of being wrongfully incarcerated at 16 for killing kids. This is incredibly sad
I smell a lawsuit coming.
Texas has one of the most generous policies on restitution for wrongful convictions.
[a lump sum of up to $80,000 for each year they spent in prison. They also are eligible to receive monthly annuity payments for another $80,000 total per year as long as they live, provided they aren’t later convicted of a felony.](https://www.nealdavislaw.com/blog/criminal-defense/texas-wrongful-convictions-compensation)
This is messed up. How does that even happen to someone when there couldn’t have been evidence of him killing them? Bloody incompetent judge/jury...
According to what I've heard, the interrogator forced him to make a confession...
Are you allowed to try and conceive during conjugal visits?
I'm not entirely sure why all my attention is drawn to his daughter not making any sense...
I think conjugals are just that. No one can tell the woman to be on birth control, and no one can tell him to use a condom if they don't want to.
This doesn't make me smile, it makes me angry. They took away this man's whole life. I can't imagine the anguish he felt every single day knowing he was innocent and sitting behind bars.
[At least 1 in 25 inmates on death row are innocent](https://innocenceproject.org/national-academy-of-sciences-reports-four-percent-of-death-row-inmates-are-innocent/)
The fact that this happens is disgusting
Man 25 years seems like a long time for anything you did when you were 16. Isn't itsupposed to be rehabilitation?
Agreed. We really need to stop sentencing minors as adults.
Nothing to smile about. A serious miscarriage of justice. 25 years for him and his loved ones.
At least give the guy 1 free felony.
r/ABoringDystopia, because there is NO WAY it took these bxstards TWENTY-FIVE YEARS to figure out he was innocent.
So from what I understood (after reading about it) he had been out of prison (or on some kind of relaxed sentence) since 7 years when this verdict was made. He had gone to court a few times and this last time was to get the all clear (all restrictions released). Since he had 2 kids at the time of the video I guess he was free to leave the prison but not to leave the state or something?
What shocked me was the statements of the police. One article said, that the teens were interrogated badly after the murder and his friends were made to talk bad about him, while he signed a confession.
In the other article the police department was quoted to be disappointed that he was set free, since they were sure that he'd done it, since he had confessed so to his friends and cousin. And "who would say, that they murdered someone if they didn't do it"... 16 year olds joking around about murder? Surely that doesn't happen at all! He must be guilty!
I’m incredibly happy he was finally freed, BUT I have a few questions.
In the video you see a very young child wearing a shirt stating “free my daddy”. How did she come to be? If you enter prison as a younger person, then meet someone on the outside and decide to marry them, do you just automatically get conjugal visits?
I’m not trying to be snarky. This is a legit, serious question.
Horrifying. This happens way too often.
I cant imagine his fear and distance being 16 and convicted of something he didn't do. He didn't even have the chance to become a proper adult at that age and got thrown in jail. Horrible.
the law courts should review witnesses and judges of wrongfully convictions......
A district attorney that conceals exculpatory evidence should be made to serve the term of the wrongfully convicted.
more like r/mademefuckingangry . Anyone follow Jason Flom and the innocence project? This happens all the time.
This didn't make me smile. This made me want to burn things.
Lost the prime of his life. I hope he is awarded $100M in compensation.
[This ](https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a7b8005dc2b4ace9e690e04/t/5b0382a6aa4a99b7ce1d3a27/1526956710970/AI+S2+E11+-+Daniel+Villegas.pdf) was an interesting read. What an awful miscarriage of justice.
You mean our justice system fucks up, and police are human and make mistakes..... Nooo way. This is a glaring example of why we need justice reform and prison reform.
Edit for spelling
50gs per year each year incarcerated for wrongful convictions.
Live it up homie. Put the past behind you.
This should be /MadeMeCry and not smile.
Law owes him million dollars
I spent the afternoon with a gentleman that was wrongfully convicted and spent over 20 years in jail. I was awestruck by his lack bitterness about the situation and he was just grateful if years of his life that he has gotten back. He is a far better man than I and really affected the way I look at things for the better.
If I got locked up for 25 years for something I didn’t do I’d be so angry all the time. It would consume me. I can’t begin to imagine what this dude has gone through.
I am so happy, sad and angry right now!
how does have child who looks 3 then
I just read the story that’s linked here about him and I don’t understand who that child is. At the time he got out of prison he had a 22 year old daughter and they had a son 18 months after he got out but he had never even physically touched his wife in any way before he got out because they met through letters while he was in jail.
Someone please explain this kid though...
Sad he's spent almost 3 decades in prison, but happy he's out and can enjoy the rest of his life out of bars<3
Jeez not only wrongfully convicted, but wrongfully convicted of a crime that usually gets you shanked in prison.
There had better be some repercussions for the people involved in his false imprisonment or there's no real justice here.
Yes that’s cool, but there’s still a murderer who walked free
My heart breaks for this poor man, I can't even imagine what he's been through in the last 25 years. I hope the best for him and his family now that he's finally free from this nightmare!
I'm fucking crying. This poor dude.
Sou should get like atleast 1 Million for every wrongfully served year!!! At bare minimum!!!!
Can you imagine all the shit he missed? Heck imagine when he went to prison people would still play around with their nokia 3310s there was no apple no smartphone.. PCs were Enourmous and we had crt TVs....
he better get compensated millions for this, i think that anyone wrongly convinced should get 2 million per year completely untaxed
It should not take 25 years to overturn a wrongful conviction. We need to reform our justice system yesterday.
Ok. And what about the person or state who wrongfully evicted him. How will this be compensated balanced? He being free is just his reward ?
I’m so happy for him. But this is no way made me smile.
Dude better get paid
Should be paid 250 thousand per year for 25 years
You know u its heartbreaking when u can make lawyers cry. I hope this guy can get some form of compensation so he can live his life in some comfort after serving someone elses 25 years
This doesn't make me smile, I'm upset that the legal system is so complex that innocent people can have their lives destroyed. Seeing him cry because of his lived experience makes me cry. Everybody's crying
Can we talk about how this happens too much with American justice system, wrongful imprisonment.
Took them a while, geez. I guess he's at least free now, but he lost so much of his life already. I feel so bad
An against the death penalty.
THIS IS WHY!
Wont get his years back. Will only get 15 years compensation and the poor family of the 2 teens now have to find the murderer all over again because people didnt do their job properly, again.
How does this make you smile? It should make you angry. It's good that he got to be released but come on now.
How the hell does he have a daughter?
I’m not crying - YOU’RE crying!
An innocent man spending 25 years in prison makes you smile?
Too many laws but no justice.
Those who ‘proved’ him guilty and stole 25 years of his life, should be sentenced for the same number of years. And yes, time to sue everybody involved. Best time of his life is gone, as a minimum he should be all set for his remaining years
People should only be punished if their evidence involved corruption, is that the case here?
So.... He gets to live the rest of his life in a mansion with 7 figures in his bank account, right?
He wasn’t a criminal going in, but it’d be foolish to assume he’s just a normal guy coming out
Nope he's now New Money™
Hope people convicted him are punished
Damn i balled like a baby watching this.
I think $1m per year sounds adequate compensation for ANY wrongful conviction. For ANY charge. The entire judicial system from cops to juries to judges might take things a little more seriously then.
Despite everything, why would a 16 year old (a child) be sentenced to this kind of imprisonment?
There's a lot of talking to be had here folks...
I THOROUGHLY hate this country. It took 25 fucking years for that innocent man to be free
Wtf is this garbage justice system?? Why can you even be imprisoned when you're not a legal adult what? Fucking scandal
So anyone under 18 should be free to commit any crimes without being jailed..? That's far worse of a system.
Anyone else notice the "free my daddy" t-shirt the little girl was wearing? How's that workout. Unless they were given one of those conjugal visits. I just don't know how common those truly are.
Wait, if he has been locked up for 25 years how does he have a kid thats like 4?
By not being locked up for 25 years. He was released 5 years prior to the clip in this post.
Seriously though how can American governments say it’s the land of the free... it’s absolutely shocking
I hope he makes the best of the rest of his life.
what. a. bloody. legend.
Ugh the reddit video player ruins so many emotional moments
This is beautiful
This is made me smile not made me cry!!!
Okay but if he's been in jail since 16, how does he have a daughter?
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