Innocence Blog

California Man Freed After Seven Years

Posted: February 25, 2013 5:05 pm

A California judge ordered Ronald Ross’ release from prison on Friday after he spent nearly seven years behind bars for an attempted murder he did not commit. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:


"I can feel sunshine and breathe clean air again," said Ross, who hugged his private investigator, Keith McArthur, before facing a bank of television cameras. "Today is a lovely day. It's past a good day. It's a blessed day."

Ronald Ross was convicted for an April 15, 2006, Oakland shooting incident based largely on the victim’s identification in a photo lineup and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Ross’ trial attorney brought the case to the Northern California Innocence Project for further investigation, which revealed that Oakland police had not followed through on a strong lead to a different suspect. The man now suspected in the shooting has since been arrested for an Oakland crime spree in July 2011.
 
A second review of the case conducted by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office concluded that Ross’s conviction should be thrown out in light of new evidence of his innocence. If the conviction had not been vacated, Ross could have spent the rest of his life behind bars.
 
Read news coverage and watch a CBS video of Ross after he was released.




Tags: California, Eyewitness Misidentification