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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Kevin Strickland has spent more than 40 years in prison for a Kansas City triple murder he says he didn’t commit.
Strickland returns to court on Monday in the final chapter to win his freedom. But even if the court rules in his favor, freedom is all he’s likely to get.
It would be very different if Strickland was wrongly convicted in Kansas. If that were the case, he would receive about $ 2.7 million – $ 65,000 for each year of incarceration. Nonetheless, Strickland hopes the courts are finally right, and he is released.
“I have a firm belief that God will not let me die in prison,” Strickland said in a recent interview with CBS. “But I am losing faith in this.”
Strickland was 18 when he was arrested for the deaths of three people in a home invasion. At the time, he was described as an “impetuous teenager” and made “arrogant and sarcastic comments which aroused the suspicion of the police”.
Much of the case against Strickland was based on the testimony of an eyewitness who survived that night. She then had doubts and reconsidered her statement before she died in 2015. There is also new fingerprint information that rules out Strickland.
But there is no DNA evidence, so there is no compensation.
“There’s this misconception that when someone is exempt, they’re going to get a lot of money, or there’s going to be compensation,” said Tricia Rojo Bushnell of the Midwest Innocence Project. She is part of the Strickland legal team.
“Missouri does not give any compensation to those wrongly convicted, unless they are exonerated by a very specific procedure in which that person requests DNA tests and the DNA tests lead to evidence that proves their innocence,” Roja Bushnell said.
Rojo Bushnell points out that Kevin Strickland went to jail as a teenager and could be released when he turns 60. He will have neither social security nor a safety net if he is released.
“Imagine going out without resources,” Rojo Bushnell said. “You also come out into a whole different world from where you entered. “
He will count on the kindness of strangers.
“We have already set up GoFundMe for them to provide that safety net for their return home,” Rojo Bushnell said. “So that they can have a roof over their heads, even if only for a little while.”
Strickland’s GoFundMe, which you can find here, has raised around $ 40,000 so far. But for now, Strickland is only focused on one thing: freedom.
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