April 10, 2017
Francisco Carrillo Jr. was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1992 in the fatal drive-by shooting of Donald Sarpy in Lynwood. Mr. Carrillo, who was 16 at the time of the 1991 shooting, maintained his innocence through two trials and in prison. His conviction relied on eyewitness testimony from six people. Mr. Carrillo said that a gang of corrupt and racist Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies -- known as the "Lynwood Vikings" coerced and threatened key witnesses into identifying him in a photo lineup. In 2011, a judge overturned his conviction after witnesses later admitted they did not have a view of the shooter, and instead had been influenced by police officers, and each other, to identify Mr. Carrillo. Two men since confessed to the crime, and stated Mr. Carrillo was not involved. Since his release, Mr. Carrillo has gotten married, started a family and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. He received a $10 million settlement from LA County in 2016 and is currently planning on running for State Assembly in California.