LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered the release of a Southern California man who spent 19 years in prison for a gang-related shooting.
The judge on Friday approved a re-sentencing request from prosecutors for Emon Barnes. The 34-year-old Compton man is expected to be freed next week.
Barnes was 15 when he was arrested for a Compton shooting. He was sentenced to 40 years to life for attempted murder.
Barnes says he was home with his mother at the time of the shooting. A victim who identified him has since recanted.
His attorneys say they will try to have his conviction vacated.