A man who was wrongfully sentenced to two terms of life in prison for two murders has been awarded $1.5 million after spending 23 years in prison.
The man from Kansas USA, Lamonte McIntyre was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994 after both victims had been shot in midday while in their car.
Lamonte who has been fighting for his freedom for the past 8 years was only 17 at the time of the incident and reports prove that he was not physically present and no evidence or motive linked him to the crime.
According to The Associated Press, Lamonte in court documents alleged that the prosecutor in his case intimidated witnesses after they told her that Lamonte did not look like the shooter once they saw him in person. In court documents, Lamonte also alleged that the prosecutor and the presiding judge also had a romantic relationship that wasn’t known as at the time of conviction.
Lamonte was finally discharged from prison in 2017 after serving 23 years, and in 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of Kansas to be compensated for wrongful conviction.
“We are committed to faithfully administering the state’s mistaken-conviction law as the legislature wrote it,” “We were ultimately able to resolve all issues, satisfy all of the statute’s requirements, and agree to this outcome so Mr. McIntyre can receive the benefits to which he is entitled by law because of his mistaken conviction.”” Attorney General of Kansas, Derek Schmidt said in statement after the money was disbursed.
Lamonte McIntyre was awarded the sum of $1.5 million this week by the Kansas state government.