Court awards wrongfully convicted man $1.5 million

Lamonte McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit, was awarded more than $1.5 million in court Monday. McIntyre has vowed to continue to fight against those he says are responsible for his improper incarceration.

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February 25, 2020 - 10:12 AM

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 in October 2017, a day after his release, with his mother, Rosie McIntyre, right. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man awarded more than $1.5 million on Monday after spending 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit plans to continue his fight against those responsible for his nightmare, his attorney said.

In addition to the monetary compensation, Lamonte McIntyre of Kansas City, Kansas, also received on Monday a certificate of innocence from Shawnee County District Judge Teresa L. Watson as part of a resolution of a mistaken-conviction lawsuit McIntyre filed last year.

“Today, Lamonte McIntyre has been declared, finally and conclusively, a completely innocent man,” his attorney, Cheryl Pilate said in an emailed statement. “That long-overdue recognition, along with the statutory payment and other benefits, will help lighten a bit the heavy load he has carried. Lamonte is grateful for the benefits of the compensation statute, but he knows his fight for justice is far from over.”

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