Updated May 15, 2017 – Innocent Black Man Jailed, Sentenced To Death For Murder 1975 For A Crime He Didn’t Commit Released From US Prison After Witness Confessed He Lied
One Of Longest Serving US Prisoner Placed On Death Row Freed From Ohio Prison
Since 1989, about 2005 innocent people wrongfully convicted of murder have been released from prison in the United States of America.
One of such is Ricky, who served closed to 40 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
In 1975, a man was killed after a robbery attack in Ricky’s Cleveland neighbourhood.
Days after the murder, police banged on his door and arrested him based on the false testimony of a young boy who claimed he witnessed the murder.
The armed policemen arrested Ricky and two of his friends. They were convicted of murder and placed on death row since then.
Ricky who lost his mother while he was in prison thought his case was forgotten until Ohio Innocence Project came to his rescue after the then murder witness recanted.
Ricky who is now one of longest serving Prisoners in the United States was happy to have been exonerated.
After his release, he met his accuser who is now a middle aged man.
On why he made the attempt, Ricky said:
Ricky recently featured on The Doctors where he recounted his ordeals.
Though he received $2million compensation from Ohio State, he later sued police for wrongful arrest.