West Texas Man Convicted of Murder Was Released on Bond Tuesday After Spending 20 Years in Prison
A West Texas man convicted of killing two people as a teenager in 1993 was released on bond Tuesday after spending nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit.
“I never thought this day would come and now it’s here. It feels like a dream, like I’m going to wake up,” 37-year-old Daniel Villegas told a crowd of reporters and sympathizers after his release from the El Paso County Jail.
Villegas was flanked by his mother, Yolanda Villegas, and local businessman John Mimbela, who has supported his case. Villegas was released after the state ordered he should have a new trial.
“This is too much for me. I get to hold him again. I’ve waited too long,” Yolanda Villegas said while tears rolled down her cheeks.
Daniel Villegas’ first trial for the deaths of teenagers Armando Lazo and Robert England ended in a hung jury. He was found guilty in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison.