After Spending 23 Years In Jail, Wrongfully Convicted Man Is Given $1.5 Million

Lamonte McIntyre has been vindicated and awarded $1.5 Million, after spending 23 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Lamonte was sentenced to life imprisonment, after he was found guilty of the murders of Donald Erwing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994. Lamonte was 17 years at the time, and no evidence or motive linked him to the crime, but he was convicted.

Lamonte McIntyre, convicted of a 1994 double homicide in Kansas City, Kan., was incarcerated for 23 years in Kansas prisons before released in October when the case against him was dismissed. He asked the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, to approve legislation to grant people wrongly convicted $80,000 for each year of imprisonment. (AP Photo, Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)

After serving more than two decades in jail, Lamonte McIntyre was discharged in 2017. He filed a lawsuit against Kansas State in 2019, to be compensated for wrongful conviction. This week, he (Lamonte) was awarded $1.5 Million by the Kansas State government.


“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 statement after the money was disbursed.


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