Million raised for American who was wrongly imprisoned for 43 years | Abroad

videoPrivate individuals have raised $1 million for a man who spent 43 years behind bars in the United States.

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27 nov. 2021
Latest update:
27-11-21, 17:48

According to ., 62-year-old Kevin Strickland will receive The Washington Post no government compensation in the state of Missouri. Compensation is only paid there to people whose innocence has been established through DNA evidence.

“Missouri won’t pay Mr. Strickland a penny, but the whole world will make sure he gets paid anyway,” Strickland’s lawyer told the newspaper. About 19,000 people have made a financial contribution in recent months. It mainly concerns small donations, but also 10,000 dollars (8800 euros) from a company in Kansas City.

Unjustly stuck

Strickland was wrongfully imprisoned for a 1978 multiple robbery murder. As a black American, he was sentenced to life in prison by a jury composed entirely of white people. The judge reversed that last week. There was no convincing evidence against the man, who also had an alibi.

The sixty-year-old could be convicted at the time by the statement of the sole survivor of the massacre. She later tried to withdraw her testimony, because she was allegedly pressured by the police. She was then reportedly told that she could be charged with perjury.

Health issues

For Strickland, his release threatened to bring new problems. He has not built up a pension or significant work experience. His lawyer complained that her client was kicked out without even a toothbrush. Strickland, meanwhile, struggles with health problems and moves in a wheelchair.

The donations collected via crowdfunding platform GoFundMe are intended to ensure that the ex-prisoner can still lead a normal life. Strickland is assigned a financial planner to help him, according to his attorney Tricia Rojo Bushnell. She emphasized that it is ‘his money’.

Kevin Strickland was wrongfully imprisoned for a 1978 multiple robbery murder. © AP

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