VENTURA COUNTY, Ca.- It’s the longest, wrongful incarceration in the history of California.
Michael Hanline, 68, spent 36 years behind bars before a Ventura County judge overturned his murder conviction.
It’s all thanks to the California Innocence Project, which reviews thousands of innocence claims every year.
During their examination, the Ventura County District Attorney acknowledged documents were withheld from his trial.
Those documents showed that others may have been responsible for the crime.
It also uncovered that DNA from the crime didn’t match Hanline’s, and that’s when he was set free.
Despite his release, there’s still a couple rules he’s gotta abide by for now. Like wearing a GPS ankle monitor until at least February, that’s when prosecutors will decide whether to re-try him or dismiss the case.
For now, no doubt he’s happy to finally be free, and just in time to celebrate the holiday season.