- An American man in Kansas was wrongfully convicted and sent to jail
- The man identified as Lamonte McIntyre was sentenced for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994
- McIntyre, who was released in 2017 after serving 23 years in prison, has been awarded $1.5 million (N540m)
Lamonte McIntyre, an American man from Kansas, was only 17 years old when he was arrested and wrongfully convicted for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994.
Today, McIntyre is a free man after 23 years in jail, and he has been declared innocent after years of fighting for his justice. The innocent man has been awarded $1.5 million (N540m) as a statutory payment.
Some benefits were also awarded to McIntyre. He will have access to state health care benefits for two years and will receive a tuition waiver if he decides to attend postsecondary school.
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In 1994, when he was arrested for the murders of the victims, who were shot during the day in their car, there had been no evidence or motive connecting him to the crime, but he was still convicted.
After he was released from prison in 2017, he filed a suit against Kansas state charging the state for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
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Associated Press reported that some documents were made public during the fight to free McIntyre. The documents alleged that the prosecutor in charge of the case intimidated witnesses who told her that McIntyre did not have any resemblance to the suspect.
It was also alleged that the presiding judge of the case at the time and the prosecutor had a previous romantic relationship that was kept hidden at the time.
Leading to his fight for justice, McIntyre became the co-founder of the Miracle of Innocence, an organization that helps others who have been wrongfully convicted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a Scottish man Garry Webb was recently compensated with £100,000 (N47,442,912.50) by the police for how he was mistakenly arrested and sent to prison.
According to reports, he spent nights in the police cell in 2015 when the Scottish police mistook him for the suspect that he was not. Webb said that the issue was not a case of mistaken identity as the police had all the shreds of evidence that proved he was not the person they were looking for.
He added that they were only trying to cover their mess up. The 60-year-old man said that he was arrested in the presence of his wife against outrageous charges.
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