Sentence:80 years, 32 suspended, 48 final
People in Ring:6 others (all reversed)
Kids involved:Carla and Teresa Modahl (10 and 12)
Carla recanted immediately after trial. No one listened. She tried tocommit suicide when she was 12 and did so 16 times after that.
Settlement:Received a portion of a $4 million settlement he shared with co-defendants Got out after two pieces of evidence surfaced. One was a medical record the DA had said was never taken. The second was an audio tape of an interview with one of his daughters. The tape reveals inappropriate interviewing techniques.
Marcella and Rick Pitts
Occupations:Worked in a sewing factory and truck driver
Ages:29 and 31
Counts:377 (total for whole ring)
Sentence:Life imprisonment - 373 year minimum
People in Ring:7 (all convictions reversed) - In the appellate court in Fresno.
The California Court of Appeal wrote that it found acts of prosecutorial misconduct "too numerous to chronicle." The court went on for nearly a hundred pages citing instances of every type of misconduct imaginable, from providing false information to the jury, to introducing Jesus Christ himself as an unsworn witness for the government. In unusually strong language, the court wrote, "The record is replete with examples of an overzealous prosecutor who, in his blind quest to convict, forgot or ignored his constitutional and ethical duties as representative of the People." - Edwardhumes.com