Black man who served 23 years in jail to receive over GHC8m for being wrongfully convicted

Black man who served 23 years in jail to receive over GHC8m for being wrongfully convicted

- 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 (GHC8,017,500)

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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 (GHC8,017,500) 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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After spending 23 years in jail, wrongfully convicted man to receive $1.5 million Source: CNN/ KMBC Kansas City
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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, YEN.com.gh previously reported that the struggles of Korsah Christian Tanor, a young Ghanaian Senior High School graduate has come to the attention of YEN.com.gh after his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result slip was posted on social media.

Despite completing the 2019 West African Examination Certification Examination (WASSCE) with remarkable scores, Korsah Christian Tanor faces the challenge of not being able to further his education due to financial setbacks.

The former Science student graduated from the St James’ Seminary and Senior High School (SHS) with 7A’s and a B2. He chalked all As in Elective and Core Mathematics, Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies and a B2 in English Language.

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