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Arrested as a Teen for Crime He Didn’t Commit; Still Serving Life Sentence 21 Years Later

At 17-years old, Juan Rayford Jr. was wrongfully accused of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison. Now 32-yeas old, Juan, has spent 15 years of his life behind bars.

Juan’s life was changed forever on a night in 2004. While at a house party playing video games with friends, an altercation began between one of Juan’s friends and another person.

Juan Rayford Sr., Juan’s father, explained the incident, “The friend and the other guy had a long-standing beef and it spilled over to a fight and Juan and everybody came running. Shots were fired, and when the police came, they took names and wanted to know who did what. My son did nothing wrong, he had no gun and there were some shots fired but nobody was hit, nobody was hurt.”

The police questioned everyone at the scene but the investigation focused on Juan and another teen, Dupree Glass. Several witnesses in the area gave statements to the police saying the teens weren’t involved and did not have a gun.

Even though no one was shot or even injured during the incident, Juan and Dupree were still charged with 11 counts of attempted murder each. During the trail, witnesses of the incident changed their statement while the two teens were not allowed to call witnesses on their behalf. The two young men were offered a plea deal of 15 years in prison but they maintained their innocence throughout.

In October of 2004, Juan Rayford Jr. and Dupree Glass were sentenced to 220 years without any chance of parole, plus — 11 life terms. A sentence that many say violates the US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment that prohibits extreme sentences that are “grossly disproportionate” to the crime.

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Fifteen years later Rayford Jr. remains in a San Diego-area prison. His father is still fighting for his freedom. The California Supreme Court granted the petition by Innocence Rights of Orange County in December 2016 and they are now waiting for the court hearing.

“Juan isn’t bitter, he isn’t angry,” Rayford Sr. told the Charleston Chronicles. “He prays every day and he does what he’s supposed to do and we are hopeful that the Court will soon hear the case and grant his freedom.”

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7 comments

Paula Fay August 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm

This makes me sick! He should never have been locked up in the first place. They have stolen his youth already. Why is he not being set free?

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Valerie Chiri August 24, 2019 at 12:41 am

That 13th Amendment guy!!! We need to get that ratified. And perhaps his family should call the innocent project, there are so many of our black men being destroyed because of this law, and of course, #44 didn’t help after Clinton did the three and out when he was in there.

Even the people in California that were sent to jail for Cannabis is still in there and it is now legal. What gives, why aren’t people there talking to their Congressperson and the Governor about that. We have to stop just sitting on Social media while the communities are dying.

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Eric Weaver August 25, 2019 at 11:27 am

This COMPLETELY sickins me to my stomach (AMERIKKKA) has the most curupt judicial system in the world. This man shouldn’t have spent one day in jail point blank. The prosecution, the judge and all involved WILL ANSWER TO GOD!!!!
I GUARANTEE THAT!!! This country has an all out assault on blank men WHOM THERE JEALOUS OF. We the people need to stand together black and Mexican,stop all this talking and put a stop to all this corruption. CLEANS THIS WHO NATION FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER, ITS MORE OF US THAN THEM. We live in a time where right is wrong and wrong is right. GOD WILL SURLEY BE HERE SOON!!!

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Beulah Pressley August 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm Reply
Beulah Pressley August 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

My son has done 25 years because he would not plead guilty to murder when he was 16. Sentenced under old law but doing new law time.Praying for allthe young boys that has been sentenced wrongfully.

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MR .Majikk August 27, 2019 at 8:13 am

SEE THATS WHATS WRONG WITH US AS BLACK PROPLE, WE DO ALL THIS GATHERING AND MARCHING SHIT AND NOTHING CHANGES. LETS PULL OUR FUCKIN PANTS UP AND START LOOKING LIKE MEN OF WAR AND RESPECTABLE FATHERS AND NOT BE AFRAID TO MEET THESE DEMONIC BITCHES ON THIER TURF AND START
GIVING THESE SUMBITCHES JUST WHAT THEY GIVE US. HERES ANOTHER SOLUTION.
HOW ABOUT WE START LOVING AND CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER AND LETS PUSH IT TO A POINT WHERE WE DONT NEED WHITE BOYS TROlLLING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS SEEKING WHO THEY CAN KILL AND USHERING IN CORRUPTNESS. AFTER ALL PEOPLE WE ARE THE CHOSEN, NOT THEM AND THEY DOOO KNOOOOW THIS!!!!!

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Zachary K Navakuku August 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm

I’m trying to find details on the case, but everything seems extremely vague by any standards. Most notably of the firearm that was allegedly discharged at the scene.

Did the police locate the weapon? The bullet or even spent casing?

Was there ever even a weapon at the scene and not just some beat up jalopy having a misfire outside that caused the panic and someone with a grudge using the situation to settle an old score and getting the Judge in on it? Or is this judge one of those whose been selling kids to private prisons through bribe money?

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