Lamonte McIntyre was exonerated after spending 23 years in prison but is now fighting for compensation from the state of Kansas. A new filing from the state’s attorney general says McIntyre should get nothing.
“I’m trying to find my way back into a society that moved on without me,” McIntyre said.
He now works doing his passion, cutting hair, but he says it’s far from the payment he is owed.
After more than two decades behind bars for a double murder he didn’t commit, he would be entitled to $65,000 for each year in prison under Kansas’ new wrongful conviction law. It adds up to $1,528,301, plus services such as tuition and health care.
The attorney general responded to McIntyre’s claim by admitting a crime took place, that McIntyre went to prison and that he was released but denying everything else and stating, “the State of Kansas asks that claimant take nothing by his petition.”
“I’m frustrated. I am,” McIntyre said. “I’m frustrated because I feel like this is not something I have to continue to fight for, but I’m going to continue to fight for it if I have to.”
McIntyre testified for the bill that was designed specifically for him, Floyd Bledsoe and Richard Jones. Jones and Bledsoe have been paid.
The bill was signed in McIntyre’s church with a promise from then-Gov. Jeff Colyer.
“We apologize to you. We love you and we will make it right,” Colyer said at the signing.
Tricia Bushnell leads the Midwest Innocence Project, which helped exonerate McIntyre.
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SOURCE: KMBC News, William Joy