Kansas fights claim of man wrongfully imprisoned

State News

August 22, 2019 - 10:43 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is fighting the compensation claim of a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated his convictions, which were secured despite a complete lack of physical evidence and motive tying him to the crimes.

Lamonte McIntyre’s case was one of three that helped prompt the Legislature last year to allow the wrongfully convicted to seek compensation. The law provides for $65,000 for each year a person spent behind bars, along with health insurance benefits, financial assistance for higher education and various social services.

When signing it into law, then-Gov. Jeff Colyer publicly apologized to McIntyre and the other men saying “we will make it right.”

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