Daniel Saldana. Pic/AP
A California man who spent 33 years in prison for attempted murder has been declared innocent and freed. Daniel Saldana, 55, was convicted in 1990 of opening fire on a car containing six teenagers who were leaving a high school football game in Baldwin Park, east of Los Angeles. Two students were wounded but survived. The attackers mistook the teens for gang members, authorities said.
Saldana was 22 at the time of the shooting and worked full-time as a construction worker. He was one of three men charged with the attack. Convicted of six counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle, Saldana was sentenced to 45 years to life in state prison.
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A man convicted of murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl at her Washington high school over 30 years ago is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. Patrick Nicholas was sentenced to nearly 46 years in prison for the killing of Sarah Yarborough in 1991.
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