County of Conviction: Los Angeles
Convicted of: Second Degree Murder
Sentence: 15 Years to Life
Years Served: 13 Years
Released: April 26, 2004
Cost of Wrongful Incarceration*: $1,055,639
*According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office 2018-19 annual costs per CA inmate
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Years Served: 13
The California Innocence Project appeared on Adam’s behalf at his parole hearing and argued he should be paroled. At one point, a deputy district attorney stated on the record that he was “seriously concerned that [Adam] may have been wrongfully convicted” after learning that Adam’s father had confessed to the crime. Adam was released after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose not to block the unanimous decision of the parole board, which had granted Riojas parole for the second consecutive year. Riojas walked out of prison after 13 years for a crime he did not commit.
Since his release, Adam has been a pastor at several churches in San Diego, including Calvary Chapel. Today, he is a senior pastor at a church in Oceanside, California. Because Adam was paroled, he was not eligible for compensation.