I was arrested on February 28, 1985 for felony charges by The Richmond Police Department and City of Los Angeles Detectives, where I was beaten and interrogated multiple times in order to get a confession, while I was never informed of my Miranda Rights. I was transported back to Los Angeles and turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. I was made to stand in a lineup and I was allegedly identified by two female co-conspirators, who later changed their statements and admitted that I had nothing to do with the crimes and that they had been paid to lie by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and even had their criminal records expunged. Please see Petition For Writ Of Habeas Corpus for more details.
As a result of these false allegations by the two female alleged co-conspirators, I was sentenced to Death Row and have been incarcerated since 1985 in The California State Prison System. Upon direct appeal, The California Supreme Court ruled to overturn the sentencing in my case, thereby taking me off of Death Row and referring my case back to the Los Angeles County Superior Court to re-sentence me. Had I been sentenced correctly under The California Sentencing Guidelines, I would have been eligible for parole in 1997.
I have served a calculated 30 years as of June 2015, in the California Department of Corrections. My case should fall under the old sentencing guidelines, but the courts choose to do otherwise and sentence me to 4 sentences of 25 years to life in prison without giving me a chance to be represented fairly.
I received constitutionally deficient assistance of counsel at my re-sentencing hearing in 1998 and that my sentencing was improperly ordered to run consecutively. In the absence of the jury, and due to various aggravating circumstances my petition was denied.
According to the sentencing guidelines at the time of my conviction, I fell under the old law of half time – which is serve a day and add a day. I have a calculated 60 years of time served presently as of June 2015. At my re-sentencing hearing, these issues were addressed but the court system refused to follow the California Sentencing Guidelines because of the nature of my alleged crimes. I was ordered by the court to serve 4 sentences of 25 years to life each to run consecutively instead of concurrently.
In November 1999 the court of appeals affirmed my sentence in full, and the California Supreme Court denied me review in March 2000.
I have had several paid attorneys for many years on my case who have filed many Habeas Corpus Petitions with the California Supreme Court, Certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States and throughout the court systems. All petitions were denied, with the exception of one ruling, in which I was taken off of death row and have since returned to the main population as of 1998 in the California State Prison System.
After so many years of legal battles, my legal funds are exhausted and I am in desperate need of financial assistance support from any Legal Departments, Legal Aide’s, Pro-Bono Organizations or an Attorney that will accept my case on a Pro-Bono assignment will be greatly appreciated.
Since being incarcerated I have started up a program FREE DARREN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM “Get Them Young, Stop Them Young”- that is geared towards helping the at risk youth in Los Angeles and surrounding cities. WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO ENRICHING THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH TODAY. BRINGING THEM INTO A COMFORTABLE AND LOVING ENVIROMENT, THAT WILL SHOW AND TEACH THEM THE CHOICES THEY MAKE HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THIER LIVES AND THEIR COMMUNITY.
On Aug 19, 2015 I filed my Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and my head is to the hills! Please feel free to read my Petition, you can find it at the top of this site, NEW!!!! 2015 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus.