A middle-aged man identified as Lamonte McIntyre, from Kansas, USA has just been given a whopping amount of $1.5 million after he was wrongfully convicted for two murders he knew nothing about.
This man spent 23 years in prison after he was 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.
He was 17 at the time of the incident, and per evidence provided he was not physically present at the scene with no evidence or motive linked him to the crime.
In a report made by The Associated Press, Lamonte has been fighting for his freedom for the past 8 years and in court documents, he alleged that the prosecutor in the case intimidated witnesses after they told her that Lamonte did not look like the shooter once they saw him in person.
Documents presented in court by 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.
Additionally, his legal team also alleged that the ‘White’ detective who investigated the murders usually harassed African-American women, including Lamonte’s.
“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 a statement after the money was disbursed.