Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years In Prison For A Crime He Didn't Commit Won't Receive Compensation
Lamonte McIntyre will not be receiving any compensation from the state of Kansas for serving 23 years in Prison for a crime he never committed.
In a report from Kansas City, McIntyre was recently released from prison at the age of 41 after he was charged for the deaths of Doniel Quinn and Donald Ewing in Kansas City, Kansas, back in 1994 when he was only 18-years-old. However, McIntyre was wrongfully convicted for the murders, with authorities charging him for Quinn and Ewing’s death even though there was a substantial lack of evidence against him.
“I’m all right. I’m happy, you know,” McIntyre said shortly after being released. “I’m here thanking God. I’m thanking everybody who supported me and been here for me. It feels good. I feel good. I’m happy.”
But since Kansas is one of 18 states in the country that offers no compensation for people who have been wrongfully convicted, McIntyre will not be receiving anything from the state.
“We are stealing a part of their lives and they are not guilty of what they’ve done. And they should have more than an apology from the state,” Kansas State Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas, said to KSHB.
Haley has tried to push for a bill that would compensate those wrongfully convicted for the past two years but both bills were unsuccessful. One of the bills would have compensated individuals $80,000 for each year they served (the same price Texas pays for people who serve time for a wrongful conviction) but the bill was delayed after a comprehensive study on the matter was never conducted.
Part of McIntyre’s legal team has set up a site to help fundraise for his future, with the goal set at $5,000.