Cassandra Rivera was born in 1975 and raised by her parents Margaret and Robert in San Antonio, Texas. She became a single mother to Michael James at age fifteen, and soon after to daughter Ashley Nicole. In 1993, she met her partner Anna Vasquez and, by 1994, Cassie, Anna, Elizabeth Ramirez and Kristie Mayhugh were accused of aggravated sexual assault on two young girls. Her nightmare began. In 1998, she was convicted of sexual abuse and was sentenced to 15 years in Gatesville, Texas in 2000. She was released with the help of the Innocence Project of Texas in November 2013. In November 2016, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) ruled that Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez be declared innocent and exonerated. She lives her life with much hope, faith, and love.