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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly $1.4 million had been raised as of Saturday for a man who spent 43 years behind bars before a judge overturned his conviction in a triple killing.

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Nearly $1.4M has been raised for Kevin Strickland, who spent 43 years behind bars in Missouri before a judge overturned his conviction in a triple killing. The Midwest Innocence Project set up a fundraiser since he won't get compensation from the state.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly $1.4 million had been raised as of Saturday for a man who spent 43 years behind bars before a judge overturned his conviction in a triple killing.

his conviction in a triple killing.The Midwest Innocence Project set up the GoFundMe fundraiser as they fought for Kevin Strickland’s release, noting that he wouldn’t receive compensation from Missouri and would need help paying for basic living expenses. The state only allows wrongful imprisonment payments to people who were exonerated through DNA evidence, so the 62-year-old Strickland wouldn’t qualify.

Judge James Welsh, a retired Missouri Court of Appeals judge,ordered his release on Tuesday,finding that evidence used to convict Strickland had since been recanted or disproven. By midday Saturday, $1.39 million had been donated to help Strickland.Strickland has always maintained that he was home watching television and had nothing to do with the killings, which happened in 1978 when he was 18 years old.

As he walked out of prison, he said he was “thankful for God walking me through this for 43 years.”

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The state pays nothing, need to seriously look at a major overhaul of their justice system. When you’re wrong, you admit your mistakes and take accountability / responsibility. If only here were an illegal immigrant… Whatever the complexities involved, the justice system is broken if such things are happening.

Bless his heart. The state should 100% pay him. Wtf is wrong with Missouri? So good to hear. I saw him on TV and it was so heart breaking to watch this man go through all of this and left alone to fend for himself. I hope he remains in peace till his last day. Terribly sad. praise God That’s the American “justice” system for yiu

I hope he gets to see the ocean and live life, he deserves so much.🙏🙏 He won't get compensation Wtf How is the state of Missouri not cursed⁉️

Donations Top $1 Million For Wrongfully Convicted Man Who Spent 43 Years Behind BarsKevin Strickland, exonerated this week, has received an outpouring of support. Do you remember me, Jasmine Sherman, a few years ago you ran an article about me. Now I am running for president of the United States in 2024! Our justice system is abhorrent & too many lives are ruined! jasminesherman2024 fatsocialist With justice system errors constantly popping up in the news, it is astonishing that people still support the death penalty. And the state of Missouri and it’s despicable governor are the real villains in this case.

Every state that incarcerates the wrong person should pay automatically. They shouldn't have control over whether they pay or not. So the state, somehow, feels that putting a person in a small room and left there for nearly half a century.....deserves nothing ? Prosecutors climb over each other to put people in those tiny rooms day after day - and when wrong, you forget your compassion. Shameful.

State should owe him Big Compensation Hope honest people are looking after him so He gets the benefit of this money. OMG It doesn’t get any better than this. People caring, truly caring. I’m so very thankful for him to have been blessed like this.😷❤️ YEA, that is our shitty government alright 💩💩 ❤🙏 Missouri is one of those states like who would want to live there ?

Since he won’t get WHAT Why it took 43 years to correct a wrong is simply unfortunate. Great that there are fundraisers like this that can help lessen the injustice to a man wrongly convicted. The tragedy is that the compensation law is so restrictive that it has become another source of injustice.

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Hopefully Mr. Strickland takes that $$ and hightails it’s OUT of Missouri. No compensation, no pardon by the racist and corrupt governor. The state stole this man’s life for F sake! Thank goodness for kind people with compassion. So, people are killing themselves and innocent people are being blamed for it?

The state should have to pay him a million for every year of his life that was spent in prison. Apparently that only happens in Democrat states like Illinois where black people get excited when there is a CTA bus accident. It is unconscionable that Missouri refuses to pay a man wrongly convicted and imprisoned for 43 years anything … because his innocence wasn’t proven solely by DNA evidence. Innocent is innocent. Period.

Sickening. I hope my dude enjoys a LONG deserved vacation. No amount of money can give you that time back, but it'll help you enjoy the time you have left I still think Missouri owes him $$$. 43 years in prison. Innocent. How come The state as well as he should go after the incompetent prosecutors who put him behind the bars. Prosecutors get away with these crimes too often. It has to stop. TheJusticeDept

Gov. Mike Parson bragged about signing a bill limiting the potential for wrongful convictions despite refusing to grant clemency to him 6 months ago. The eyewitness wrote in 12 years ago saying she was mistaken and she wanted to help free Strickland.

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charleslouisvil Missouri is trash 🗑 $32,000 a year. No thanks. Not even close to proper compensation and this came from the generosity of humans not the state. Way inflation is going in the USA it won't get him a hotdog and a Bud light. ❤️💐💕🙏 Man shouldn’t have to pay for anything for the rest of his life

43 years behind bars for something he didn’t do and money still had to be RAISED for this man. It’s wicked out here. Now THAT'S the kind of response that the Innocence Project deserves. Missouri citizens should be embarrassed and ashamed that they do not have compensation for innocent people who are freed decades after conviction.

boycottmissouri missouri misery blowmestate Stupid people HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY. He needs half of that to be just fine the next 25 years hopefully. There are tens of thousands of people wrongly locked away in the US, either punished for years for victimless or minor crimes, or completely innocent. Makes me sick.

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Thousands of people have raised more than $900K for a man who served 43 years in prison for a crime he didn't commitThousands of people are raising money online for a Missouri man who served 43 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. So many years so many tears sad situation I gave to his gofundme…he deserves so much more than money. Since giving him time back isn’t an option $ is all we can Missouri lawmakers more criminal than many of those in prison.