Franky Carrillo was raised in Lynwood California, a suburb of Los Angeles. At the age of 16, he was arrested as the prime suspect of a drive-by shooting that he did not commit. Franky was tried as an adult and found guilty of murder, despite his continual assertion that he was innocent. He was sentenced to 30 years to life. During his years spent in prison, Franky wrote hundreds of letters requesting assistance and filed numerous legal briefs. He never lost hope in himself, the judicial system, or his unwavering faith in humanity. It took nearly 15 years for him to get the attention of a group of lawyers (Ellen J. Eggers, The Northern California Innocence Project, and Morrison & Forrester, LLP ) who believed in him. After a five-year-long investigation, and with new evidence in hand a Habeas Corpus hearing resulted in his vindication.
On March 16, 2011, Franky was released from prison, an innocent man, full of optimism and hope. For twenty years, Franky faced rejection, injustice, and unfairness but it was his hope and optimism that allowed him to continue fighting until he was finally liberated. Franky has leveraged his experience and has become a champion of equality and justice. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University, received a settlement from the County of Los Angeles and the Sheriff’s Department, and is now married He and his wife are raising their family in Los Angeles.