Lamonte McIntyre's release prompts renewed interest in wrongful conviction compensation

Marc LaVoie
October 18, 2017 - 8:04 am

KMBC Channel 9 News


A Kansas lawmaker wants to change wrongful conviction compensation law in the state. 

Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City, is reacting to last Friday's release of Lamonte McIntyre, who was convicted of two murders 23 years ago. McIntyre and his supporters say he was wrongfully convicted. The state has no plans to compensate him for more than two decades behind bars.

Haley and other lawmakers have made multiple attempts at developing a set amount of money to pay wrongfully imprisoned inmates, he said.

"They came up with $80,000," Haley said. "That was probably the stumbling block because it came out during testimony that was Texas' annual reimbursement."

The state of Missouri pays $50 a day for wrongful incarceration.

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