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A man wrongly sentenced to life has been released from a California prison after serving 38 years. “I don’t stand here as a bitter man,” 69-year-old Hastings said at a news conference in Los Angeles on Friday. He wanted to enjoy his life now and just move forward. District Attorney George Gascón announced the man’s release based on DNA analysis.

His conviction for murder was a “terrible injustice”. Hastings had always denied the crime. He was charged with abducting, sexually abusing and shooting a 30-year-old woman in Inglewood, California, in 1983. Her body was found in the trunk of her car. Months later, Hastings was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988. DNA tests should prove innocenceAccording to a statement from the public prosecutor, Hastings had already pushed for a DNA analysis in 2000 in vain. The Los Angeles Innocence Project later became aware of the case. The organization tries to prove the innocence of those accused using DNA tests. Last June, a DNA test showed that traces of semen found on the body did not come from Hastings. This month, a database linked them to an inmate who died in 2020 while serving a lengthy sentence on other counts of kidnapping and rape.

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