- An American man in Kansas was wrongfully convicted and sent to jail
- Lamonte McIntyre was sentenced for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994
- McIntyre, who was released in 2017 after serving 23 years in prison, has been awarded R23 million
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Lamonte McIntyre, an American man from Kansas, was only 17 years old when he was arrested and wrongfully convicted for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994.
Today, McIntyre is a free man after 23 years in jail, and he has been declared innocent after years of fighting for his justice. The innocent man has been awarded R23 million in compensation for wrongful conviction.
He will also have access to state health care benefits for two years and will receive an education stipend if he decided to further his education.
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After he was released from prison in 2017, he filed a suit against Kansas State, charging the state for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
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Associated Press reported that some documents were made public during the fight to free McIntyre. The documents alleged that the prosecutor in charge of the case intimidated witnesses who told her that McIntyre did not have any resemblance to the suspect.
It was also alleged that the judge and the prosecutor had a previous romantic relationship which was not revealed at the time.
Leading to his fight for justice, McIntyre became the co-founder of the Miracle of Innocence, an organisation that helps others who have been wrongfully convicted.
Meanwhile, Convicted racist Adam Catzavelos learned his fate on Friday as sentencing was handed down for his now-infamous k-word rant video that went viral on social media.
The businessman was given the choice between a R50 000 fine or a suspended two-year prison sentence.
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