PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision that freed a Los Angeles man who spent nearly 14 years in prison for a crime he denied committing.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that ultimately released Daniel Larsen in March, pending the appeal.
Prosecutors argued that Larsen missed a paperwork deadline in his bid for freedom. But the court of appeals said Larsen had a strong case for being innocent, and that trumped the deadline.
Larsen, who's 46, was convicted in 1999 of carrying a concealed dagger. He was sent to prison for 28 years to life under California's three-strikes law.
Attorneys for the California Innocence Project found witnesses who testified seeing a different man throw away the knife.