Lawrence Rubin Montoya 's Case Essay
Thirteen years, seven months and thirteen days. That is the time Lawrence Rubin Montoya spent in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Montoya was sentenced to life in prison in November 2000 for murdering a Denver school teacher despite no evidence linking him to the crime. Montoya was 14 years old at the time of the crime. In June 2014, his conviction was overturned thanks to DNA retesting of evidence.
Now, the 31 year old is suing the city of Denver and members of the city 's police department in federal court for $30 million, citing the interrogation procedures used on him and failures by the District Attorney 's office to investigate Montoya 's innocence. Montoya 's lawyers are requesting a trial by jury.
On January 1, 2000, Emily Johnson was found beaten and barely breathing in her backyard. She had been assaulted by Nicholas Martinez, Luke Anaya and Lloyd Martinez shortly after arriving home that previous night from a New Year 's Eve party. Folliwng this assault, Johnson 's Lexus was stolen by the group.
During that attack, Montoya was asleep at his girlfriend 's house. It was not until the afternoon of January 1 that Montoya interacted with anyone invovled in the assault, when Nicholas Martinez picked up Montoya and several others in the Lexus.
Montoya was introduced to Martinez by Montoya 's cousin who was riding in the car. This was the first and only time Montoya ever interacted with Martinez.
Not a single witness or suspect…