Man who spent 23 years in prison on wrongful conviction to receive $1.5M from state of Kansas

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 26th, 2020 12:08 pm

Last Updated Feb 26th, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Lamonte McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit, was awarded $1.5 million on Monday, the Kansas State Attorney General's office announced.

McIntyre was 17 years old when he was originally convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment after being accused of murdering Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn in 1994. He served 8,583 days and was released and exonerated in October 2017.

He filed a lawsuit against the state under its mistaken-conviction statute passed in 2018.

"In this case, our office worked diligently to obtain and review all available evidence, including evidence identified but not provided in the earlier judicial proceedings," said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in a statement on Monday. "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."

McIntyre was also awarded access to the state health care benefits program for two years, counseling, and a tuition waver for post-secondary education. He has since co-founded Miracle of Innocence, a nonprofit to help others who have been wrongfully convicted.


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