California man wrongly incarcerated Friday after 17 years to get $140 a day in jail | US News

Two men who were wrongly convicted of attempted murder after nearly 17 years in jail have been acquitted and will be paid $140 (£112) a day for their time behind bars.

The men were released in 2020 after a retrial and the shooter was a gang member serving a life sentence for another murder.

The conclusion of the new Los Angeles trial means Dupree Glass and Juan Rayford will be entitled to damages.

Under a new law, the state of California must pay them $140 each, or around $900,000 (£725,000), for each day they spend in prison.

Mr Glass and Mr Rayford were 17 and 18, respectively, when they were arrested in 2004 following a shooting in which two teenagers were injured.

They were both convicted of 11 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences.

The teens, who have no criminal records, have insisted from the start that they were not involved in the shooting.

“There should never have been a trial in the first place,” their defense attorney, Annee Della Donna, told The Associated Press.

“There is no evidence that they were connected to the shooting. Zero.”

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Their conviction relied heavily on the testimony of two witnesses who later told their story.

During the five-year investigation, defense investigators found multiple other witnesses who said, “Oh no, they weren’t the shooter, they never had a gun,” Ms. Della Donna said.

Mr. Glass, 36, and Mr. Rayford, 37, who are now Walmart drivers, are the fathers of the baby girls.

Mr Rayford was with his high school sweetheart who had been waiting for him while he was in prison.

Speaking outside court, he said: “I’ve thought about this day for a long time. I thought about it when I was in prison for 17 years. I thought about it in my last two years of freedom.

“I waited until this day because, you know, I know I’m innocent of every crime they say I committed.”

Mr Glass added: “I’m not good with words. But today is a good day. We’ve been living this nightmare for 20 years. It’s finally over. We can move on with our lives.”

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