DENVER (CBS4) – 13 years, 7 months and 13 days.
That’s how long Lorenzo Montoya spent behind bars after being wrongly convicted of murder when he was 14.READ MORE: Fallen Officer: Community Members Gather At Memorial Outside Arvada Police Department To Mourn Death Of Officer Gordon Beesley
Montoya’s conviction was overturned two years ago after DNA evidence proved he didn’t kill Denver teacher Emily Johnson in January 2000.
Montoya is now suing the city of Denver and the Denver Police Department for $30 million.
Attorney David Fisher is representing Montoya and says his client decided to file a lawsuit in part because he wants to spur change.READ MORE: TSA Using New Technology At Denver International Airport To Increase Security
“He’s trying to sort of let go and move on with his life but the thing he keeps coming back to is he doesn’t want this to happen to other kids,” Fisher said.
After Johnson’s murder police brought Montoya in for questioning.
“He said ‘No I wasn’t there, no I didn’t do anything. Literally, we counted 65 times during this interrogation,” Fisher said.MORE NEWS: Rollover Crash Closes Westbound I-70 At Colorado Boulevard During Morning Commute
Montoya agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of accessory after the fact. It’s a felony that remains on his record.