At 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Guy Miles borrowed his lawyer’s cellphone on the drive from the jail and called. He was coming home. Not in a week, not in a day – but in 30 minutes.
Guy Miles, sentenced to 75 years to life for a 1998 Fullerton bank robbery, had just walked out of the Theo Lacy Facility after striking a plea deal with Orange County prosecutors.
Although prosecutors strongly disagree, he said he is innocent, and the Fourth District Court of Appeal in January overturned the conviction because of new evidence. The District Attorney’s Office decided to not re-try Miles and struck a deal instead.
The 50-year-old Miles had grinned widely as he left the facility, embracing one of the California Innocence Project attorneys who helped him get released. Miles had changed from jail garb into a shirt that on the front read, “XONR8.”
“An 18-year nightmare is over,” said the lawyer, Justin Brooks. “This is the kind of day we live for.”
Just a week ago, the last time they saw their son, the parents were thinking Guy Miles would face another trial and potentially years more in prison.
After that call, Charles Miles began dialing up his son’s siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews – each call punctuated with, “Guy’s free!”
Charles Miles, a minister, began turning his church office at the couple’s Carson home into an impromptu bedroom.
Finally, at 11:20 p.m., Guy Miles walked in.
As his family members showed up, some cried, some smiled, and some just hugged him, tugging at Guy Miles’ arms and looking at the tattoo on his hand – it really was him.
Charles and Mabel Miles had waited 18 years for this.
“I stayed ready,” the mother said. “Still, it doesn’t seem real.”
What would be his first meal? Guy Miles said chicken enchiladas sounded pretty good.
“You have to get In-N-Out!” a brother, Chuck Miles, shouted.
“What about McDonald’s?” a niece asked.
But food could wait.
“My mind is all over the place right…