Man Wrongfully Jailed For Triple Murder Regain Freedom After Spending 43 years

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After spending 43 years behind bars for a crime he said he didn’t commit, a man in Missouri has been exonerated.

Kevin Strickland, 62, is finally allowed to walk free after being sentenced back in 1979, having been just 18 when he was arrested.

He has pleaded innocence ever since he was arrested for the deaths of Sherrie Black, 22, Larry Ingram, 22, and John Walker, 20, who were targeted in a ransacking in Kansas City on 25 April 1978.

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A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his life on the outside. At the time of writing, more than $229,912 has been raised.

Granting a motion for Strickland’s exoneration today (23 November), Judge James Welsh ordered for Strickland’s immediate release, saying Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker had ‘met her burden of providing clear and convincing evidence that undermines the Court’s confidence in the judgment of conviction’.

His is thought to be one of the longest cases of wrongful conviction in American history, the newly freed Mr. Strickland said to reporters outside court that he “Still in disbelief,” Strickland said. “I didn’t think this day would come.”

Strickland said he found out the news of his release through a breaking news report that interrupted the soap opera he was watching.

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He thanked the judge for reviewing all the “non-evidence” against him and he appreciated the judge taking his time to listen and understand what really happened in 1978.

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