ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — Guy Miles could not stop smiling as he described what he would do first after being released from prison, where he served 18 years for a crime he did not commit.
“I just want to get home to my mother, and hug my mother,” Miles said, with an enormous grin. “Yes, go hug my mother, and see my kids.”
Miles, 50, was released from prison Tuesday night, after spending 18 years behind bars for a 1998 loan officer robbery in Fullerton. He has always maintained he was in Las Vegas at the time of the robbery, an alibi supported by several other witnesses.
In spite of the alibi, Miles was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 75 years to life in prison.
The Carson father and grandfather reached a plea deal Tuesday with prosecutors in his case, five months after an appellate court overturned his conviction, pointing to new evidence of misconduct by an Orange County prosecutor. The deal allowed Miles to be released with time served.
The District Attorney’s Office says Miles pleaded guilty to the charges, but did not want to retry the case.