A Lynwood man spent two decades in prison for a murder he did not commit and was awarded $10.1 million from the Los Angeles County after a judge dismissed the charges against him. Now, after almost a year after receiving the payout, that man has announced his campaign to represent California’s 51st Assembly District. Francisco “Franky” Carrillo was 16 years old in 1991 when he was arrested and later convicted for the drive-by shooting of Donald Sarpy and was sentenced to life in prison. In 2011, Carrillo’s conviction was reversed by a judge after a five-year investigation revealed that witnesses had been coerced to falsely accuse Carrillo. In response to why he plans to run for office, Carrillo stated,
I’m running because I believe that every family deserves an advocate who is dedicated to helping them triumph over the challenges and unfairness in their lives. I believe I will serve as a beacon of hope and optimism, but even more importantly, I will serve as a fighter for fairness and justice.
Carrillo had served 20 years in state prison and while incarcerated, he taught himself law and maintained his innocence throughout his time in prison. Carrillo earned a college degree, started a family, and became an advocate for justice and equal opportunity after he was released from prison. Now at 46, Carrillo wants to fill the seat formerly occupied by Jimmy Gomez, who was elected to current Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra’s former congressional post. The 51st Assembly District covers the northeastern part of Los Angeles and represents almost 500,000 people. Franky Carrillo has made the most out of his situation and if he wins the 51st Assembly District, it will be a great success story.
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