Judge Frees Man Who Spent More Than 13 Years In Prison For Crime He Says He Didn’t Commit

CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A San Fernando Valley man who spent more than 13 years in prison for a crime a federal judge said he didn’t commit was released Tuesday while an appeal on his case is pending.

Daniel Larsen, 45, walked out of a downtown Los Angeles federal courthouse with his wife, Christina, by his side.

“(I) feel good,” said Larsen.

“I want to thank the Innocence Project….I thank the judge for lifting the stay and thank God. That’s it,” said Christina.

Larsen was convicted in 1999 for carrying a dagger after two Los Angeles Police Department officers said they saw him throw the knife under a car outside of a bar.

Since Larsen already had two previous burglary convictions, he was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison under California’s three strikes law.

A decade later, officials with the California Innocence Project…

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