Man who spent 19 years in California prison ordered freed

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Posted at 10:09 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 01:09:49-04

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.