Imagine proclaiming your innocence during a murder trial, being found guilty and spending the next 23 years in jail for a crime you didn't commit.
For years, Lamonte McIntyre did exactly that. McIntyre, who is now in his 40s, was arrested at age 17 in 1994. He was tried and convicted of murdering Doniel Quinn, 21, and Donald Ewing, 34, who were killed with a shotgun as they sat in a car.
McIntyre was finally freed in October 2017 after Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree Sr. stopped contesting the facts of his innocence during a hearing.
Lamonte will receive a certificate of innocence and $1.55 million as part of settlement of his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Kansas’ attorney general said Monday.
$1.55 million divided by 23 years comes out to about $185 per day spent in jail.