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Few things in life scare me more than being wrongfully accused of a crime I didn’t commit and being sent to prison for a quarter of my life.
Edit: I get it, you people don’t think you’ll live to 100. I will though.
No matter what, the system failed this man. 25 years?!!! And when he was 16? No matter how much they pay him, the system failed. I hope he's coping well. They should've given him a phone, car, house, money, food. He's owed so much
This is very similar to a French case, where a man was convicted and imprisoned for murdering 2 teens when he was 16. He spent something like 15 years before his conviction was overturned and was released. It's considered to be the biggest failure of the legal system in France.
I a glad he is free. But what always baffles me with these cases is, do they reopen the case and search for the real killers? I mean if innocent people have been sitting in the pen all this time and are finally freed, then the actual criminals are free among us?
The original cops prosecutor and judge all obstructed Justice by focusing on the wrong man and allowing the actual suspect to go free.
what does he get in return? what is this "you are free to leave" after fucking up his life? did this guy not get compensated?
He better sue the shit out of the state.
You've literally already ruined his life beyond repair. Took a fat judicial steamer all over his permanent record. He's spent longer in prison than society. How is he going to cope with all the changes, a new schedule in life, and an entirely different world around him? Even if his record is scrubbed squeaky clean how is he going to explain a 25 gap in his resume to potential employers? I'd hire him sure, but I'm not a heartless tycoon am I?
You've ruined his life, you've ruined his social development, but it's okay because you released him from a physical cage into the shackles of near certain poverty.
Add to that the PTSD, depression, and anxiety that prison tends to cause on all prisoners and we show just how fucked up our judicial system is.
All wrongful convictions should pay out $1Million/year in jail as an absolute minimum as compensation
if he went in when he was 16, why is there a child that the camera keeps focusing on with a shirt that sais free my daddy? wtf
He was out on appeals for 4 years and is apparently married with children
There’s few things I would wish on my worst enemy.... being in prison for something you didn’t do for most of your life is one of them.
Isn't being your enemy a punishment?
Dude... How did he live life after this? Like, did they just kick him to the streets with serious psychological damage from living inside fucking prison longer than he ever lived outside of it?
I guess this is how he is, glad to see he's coping ok, but he doesn't appear to have a lot of personal wealth despite the payout probably being in the tens of millions, which is weird... I imagine he was taken advantage of by a lot of people, lawyers and other people included, since he can only read at the 3rd grade level and is considered cognitively impaired. He was just a cash cow for the legal team, because there was probably some pretty damning evidence where Villegas' input would make zero difference. Hell, they may have even waited longer than they had to because each additional year adds at least another million dollars to his payout.
Payout is $50,000 per year capped at $750,000 actually. Pretty fucked up
This is bizarre. He could’ve gotten the death penalty for this. Idk what state he is in but that’s scary to think about.
Cases like this demonstrate why the death penalty should be abolished.
No human controlled system is 100% free of error.
As horrible is this situation is, he can at least be released and compensated and allowed to enjoy his remaining time.
You cannot resurrect the wrongfully executed.
soooo... who's at fault here? is this like a super hard case to crack or they're too lazy and just put this dude in jail
Lawyers, police, jury, America
His life was stolen from him. It can't be replaced.
I hope they're at least throwing oodles of money at him.
That’s when you sue the absolute piss out of the country for wrongfully convicting you , and those who sent you to prison, put them behind bars for 25 years.
This ⬆️ someone somewhere was either at fault or bend the truth. They should be held accountable
yet those two girls who just car jacked and killed a man wont do a day in jail.
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When the system is wrong
What I don't get is do they Not do anything for those wrongfully convicted? Like that's beyond fucked up to waist so many years of your life for something you didn't do and not even get the minimum of a apology.
If I had 25 years of my life stolen and got no compensation for it, I'd start building pipe bombs.
If the system can destroy my life without consequences, I can do the same thing to them without consequences.
And THAT, ladies and gentleman, is why the Death Penalty is a very bad idea.
Does the justice system take any reparation measures in cases like this????
The whole judicial system behind this error should be locked up for the same time they wrongly stole his life. Fuckers. Poor guy was probably too poor to afford a quarter decent lawyer who could have saved him from prison all those years ago
Exactly, this guy didn't spend 25 years in prison because of one man or woman.
There was an entire system of people in place that caused this man to lose 25 years of his life.
*Every single person* who played a role in this man's incarceration is guilty.
The people who convicted this man should be forced to serve the sentence they gave. No one is ever accountable on a wrongful conviction and it disgusts me how common this truly is.
Or maybe the courts should only be able to convict people if they have actual evidence against them.
Not ask a bunch of random people what they think happened and let them play judge without education.
That's the system of guilty until proven innocent.
this is i totally oppose the death sentence.
That man needs some serious compensation.....
He better sue the ever loving hell out of the state. And be heavily compensated.
Wait how does he have a little kid if he's been in prison?
PTSD. Level 💯. I hope this fella gets some good counseling for his ordeal.
They should take care of his every need for the same amount of time he was in prison. No taxes, all utilities paid, new house, car etc etc
Not only did they ruin this man's life, they also left a killer (or killers) free to harm others and the two families of the victims without justice.
Beyond reasonable doubt needs to be much stricter.
But no one can or will try to give back what the man lost in those 25 years of prison life... His youth, friends, people who he didnt get to say goodbye to, opportunities, family life...
This is why the death penalty is absolutely awful. How could anyone be okay with state sponsored murder when people are proven innocent regularly enough. This man would have been dead if he was in a place that allowed the death penalty and would never have been able to be exonerated.
I cannot imagine the suffering of this gentleman.
And that is why the death penalty is wrong and should be abolished.
I'd be going after the people responsible if I was him. 25 years were wasted and no money in the world can compensate for that
Not even an apology smh
Hats off to worlds greatest Democracy's Judicial system. (JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTIC DENIED)
Oh sorry for making you spend more than all of your live currently in prison. Well you can leave GL.
His Lawyer looks like Count Dooku
So sad to think that "innocent until proven guilty," doesn't actually hold any water. We are all guilty until proven innocent in the USA.
Can someone make a revenge movie about shit like this
“They wouldn’t listen to him for 25 years, now he won’t listen to their screams for mercy”
This is why we must end the death penalty.
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