New Evidence Helps Free Client From Life Sentence for Attempted Robbery
A Los Angeles man represented by the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California was freed from state prison this week after serving 10 years of a 40-years-to-life sentence for attempted robbery. The FPD-CDCA identified new evidence concerning the offense and the client’s culpability, which led to negotiations with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. With assistance from Loyola’s Project for the Innocent, the parties agreed to modify the client’s sentence to result in his release from custody. The agreement also provided that the client be enrolled in a full-service partnership program to ensure his successful reentry to free society.
Deputy Federal Public Defender Joseph Trigilio, attorney for our client, commented:
“it is rewarding when all the players in our justice system — including the courts and the prosecution — recognize our clients’ dignity and humanity. Our client’s release is the result of that recognition. We’re grateful to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for their collaborative effort to secure our client’s release, and for joining us in a petition that secured his release into a program that offers him a real opportunity to restart his life.”