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US Wrongly convicted Kansas man to receive $1.6 million, certificate of innocence, state announces

01:40  25 february  2020
01:40  25 february  2020 Source:   latimes.com

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The State of Kansas is set to award Floyd Scott Bledsoe more than $ 1 million in compensation for In 2000 Bledsoe was convicted of murder, kidnapping and indecent liberties in connection with the 1999 Man wrongly convicted in doppelganger case to receive $ 1 million under new Kansas law.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Lamonte McIntyre, who served 23 years for murders he did not commit, will receive a certificate of innocence and $1.55 million as part of settlement of his mistaken conviction lawsuit, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said in a news release.

a person standing posing for the camera: After being wrongfully imprisioned for 23 years, Lamonte McIntyre, of Kansas City, Mo., was released from Lansing Prison after having been convicted in a double-homicide. Jim McCloskey, of Centurion Ministries, presented McIntyre with the t-shirt on October 14, 2017, a day after his release, with his mother, Rosie McIntyre, right. © Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS After being wrongfully imprisioned for 23 years, Lamonte McIntyre, of Kansas City, Mo., was released from Lansing Prison after having been convicted in a double-homicide. Jim McCloskey, of Centurion Ministries, presented McIntyre with the t-shirt on October 14, 2017, a day after his release, with his mother, Rosie McIntyre, right.

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Lawrence McKinney now eligible to file for compensation Andy Humbles / The Tennessean.

Shockingly, though, state laws that compensate the wrongfully convicted vary widely and the vast majority Take this quiz to test your knowledge of how different states measure up when it comes to fair compensation Kansas is one of several states that doesn’t compensate the wrongly convicted .

McIntyre, who is now in his 40s, was arrested at age 17 in 1994, 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 freed in October 2017 after Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree Sr. stopped contesting the facts of his innocence during a hearing on his exoneration.

In addition to the certificate of innocence and the monetary award, McIntyre will also receive counseling, two years of state health care benefits and a waiver of tuition for postsecondary education. Records of his arrest, convictions and DNA profile were ordered expunged.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that he had agreed to a resolution with He was released last year after the Midwest Innocence Project and the University of Kansas School of Top Stories. Man wrongfully convicted for doppelganger's crime awarded $ 1 . 1 million .

In recognition of Wrongful Conviction Day 2017, the Innocence Project is revisiting a topic that is very much worth of The certificate of innocence came from the state , and securing that was detailed and difficult. Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from the Innocence Project

The payment is subject to review by the state finance council. Schmidt said he has asked the council to review the matter promptly.

The resolution comes months after news emerged that McIntyre might have to wait months or even years to be compensated for his wrongful conviction. Schmidt’s office had asked a judge to rule against McIntyre’s effort to be paid under a 2018 Kansas law that provides compensation to those wrongfully convicted.

At the time, a spokesman for the office issued a statement saying the prior court record was insufficient for Schmidt to determine the requirements for payout had been met. Evaluating McIntyre’s mistaken-conviction claim required more work, the spokesman said.

“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,” Schmidt said in the release issued 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.”

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Kansas is one of 18 states without compensation statutes, providing no money to innocent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted . If McIntyre, who went away at 17 and is now 41, had been wrongly convicted and released in Texas, he would have been eligible to receive $ 1 .8 million

1 . 6 United States . Jesse Tafero was convicted of murder and executed via electric chair in May 1990 in the state of Florida for the murders of two Florida Highway Patrol officers. At the age of 22, he was wrongly convicted of the murder of a nine-year-old girl; she had been sexually assaulted

Soon after McIntyre’s release, the state of Kansas passed a law to compensate people like McIntyre who were wrongly imprisoned. Then-Gov. Jeff Coyler signed the law at McIntyre’s church.

Earlier this month during an interview with The Star just minutes after getting the unexpected news that a resolution had been reached, McIntyre said it was a big deal and that that hurdle in his life is finally behind him.

“I feel like I’ve finally, finally, finally been vindicated,” McIntyre told The Star’s Melinda Henneberger. “Freedom — now I finally know what it’s really like because the state has acknowledged the wrong that it did.”

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