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Exclusive interview with formerly incarcerated youth Mario Rocha

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Just last week, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced that they would not retry Mario Rocha's murder case. Since 1996, Rocha was wrongfully convicted of a 1996 murder in California. Rocha, then 16, was accused of opening fire at the party where a high school student was killed and another man injured. Rocha was tried as an adult and sentenced to 35 years to life in prison. Two others were also convicted. Rocha was incarcerated for 10 years, during which he said he was stabbed twice by fellow prison inmates. He was released on bail in August 2006 after an appeals court decided that his original trial attorney failed to adequately represent him. An award-winning documentary was produced on Rocha's case titled, "Mario's Story." You won't want to miss this interview!!