Currently, there are 18 states that do not offer wrongfully convicted people compensation at their release from prison, Kansas is one of those states. So, when Lamonte McIntyre was released from his prison sentence after serving 23 years, Kansas gave him nothing for their mistake except a clean record.
When asked how he feels about the situation, McIntyre said, "I think it's unjust, but me being angry about it is not going to change it."
The Midwest Innocence Project helped to get McIntyre’s release, and Tricia Bushnell of the organization called his case a “perfect storm.”
His trial conducted in 1994, when he was only 17 years old. The prosecutors did not present a motive or even any physical evidence, and it is being said that Roger Golubski, the lead detective on the case, threatened witnesses.
Golubski has since retired and states he did nothing wrong. There are dozens of people currently serving time from convictions in cases connected to the detective, and the Kansas State’s Attorney is having those cases looked into in regards to Gloubski’s conduct.
It may happen that other people find themselves exonerated just like McIntyre who is doing his best to live the rest of his life, “"I want to spend the rest of my life being happy. I don't want to be bitter. That's taking away from me. I don't have any more time to give," he said.
Watch a video report about McIntyre below: