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Shining a light on wrongful convictions

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The California Innocence Project shined a light Tuesday night on wrongful convictions.

Four people wrongfully convicted of crimes, shared their harrowing stories at California Western School of Law.

Alan Gimenez spent 24 years in prison, wrongfully accused of killing his own infant daughter. "I became a target. I had to look over my shoulder every day. I had to endure beatings," he said of his time behind bars.

On Tuesday, a group marched downtown San Diego as part of the third annual Wrongful Conviction Day - asking Governor Brown to free eight men and women whom according to the California Innocence Project are innocent.

Mike Hanline served the most time of any wrongfully convicted person in the history of the state. He was 32-years-old when he went to prison for murder. At the age of 70, Mike is now a free man.

Mike and his wife, Sandee, had a message to those still fighting to be free - "Never give up. Know there are people that care."

As for the remaining eight, the director of the California Innocence project said there is compelling evidence of their innocence - he tweets Governor Brown every single day asking him to free them.

To learn more about the California Innocence Project, visit their website.

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