CBS News reports that a man who was wrongfully convicted for a double murder 23 years ago will get zero compensation from the state of Kansas. Lamonte McIntyre was exonerated in October and walked out of prison a free man, but Kansas is one of 18 states that does not offer any type of compensation to wrongfully convicted prisoners upon their release.
The Innocence Project worked to gain McIntyre’s release. McIntyre says it’s unjust that he isn’t being compensated, but being angry about it won’t change anything.
His trial occurred in 1994 when he was 17. There were no motives or physical evidence presented in court. Current defense lawyers also claim that the entire case was built on statements obtained by threatening witnesses.
The lead detective who allegedly threatened the witnesses, Roger Golubski, is also connected to about a dozen others in prison, and this case could create problems for those convictions as well.
Golubski is now retired and claims he did nothing wrong. However, the state’s attorney has asked for a review of his conduct by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He also says he won’t hesitate to charge Golubski if it becomes evident there is probable cause.
McIntyre is currently studying to become a barber. He told sources that he doesn’t “want to be bitter,” and he doesn’t “have any more time to give.”
According to the Associated Press, McIntyre is one of three exonerated men in the state asking legislators to pass a bill to pay wrongfully convicted prisoners in Kansas $80,000 per year of imprisonment, minus civil judgments resulting from lawsuits. The bill would also require the arrest and conviction records related to such cases to be expunged from the system.
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