Francisco “Franky” Carrillo
Francisco “Franky” Carrillo, now 37, was 16 when he went to Folsom prison to serve two life terms for a drive-by shooting on a Lynwood, California street. He was tried twice with the first jury deadlocked, but convicted in 1991. The initial statements demonstrated how little the witnesses saw. Franky became a suspect after law enforcement believed Franky was the perpetrator in another shooting due to a mix-up in street names. Doubt of Franky’s innocence was raised almost immediately after his sentencing with information from a new eye witness, but a trial judge denied the request. Years later, notes were found in the investigator’s file where this same witness admitted participation in the crime. Finally one witness admitted that he identified Franky’s photo based on information provided to him by law enforcement and said he then told the other five eyewitnesses who chose the same photo.