“An innocent person would have fought a faked charge”.
Not necessarily. Remember, he was a teen when this happened. I am sure the deal was presented to plead no contest and serve 5 RATHER than serving 25 years. The article doesn’t mention if he had a public defender.... I have the gut feeling that his parents couldn’t afford a high priced criminal attorney.
He was 17 when his attorney tried to get him to make a plea deal. He refused because he hadn't done anything. She then told him he could take the five years in jail for a "no contest" please or face 40 to life. She told him he had to decide right then and couldn't even call his mother first.
His lawyer was scum who didn't want to go to trial and she won't discuss the case with anyone.