Daniel Villegas, a man who has been serving a life sentence for murders he claims he did not commit, was released from custody on Tuesday, Jan. 14 after almost 20 years of imprisonment.
Villegas, 37, was convicted in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo
, 17 in a drive-by shooting in El Paso, Texas. Villegas himself was only 17 at the time of his conviction, and 16 at the time of the crime.
Daniel Villegas Released From Prison After 19 Years
After years of litigation, an appellate court vacated the 1995 conviction in December, 2013, and Villegas was released Tuesday on a $50,000 bond. In the eyes of the law, Villegas remains convicted of murder, and it is unclear whether or not a new trial will be scheduled.
“I never thought this day would come. Thank God,” Villegas told the large crowd of supporters and reporters upon his release from El Paso County Jail.
Villegas went to church before grabbing