‘I didn’t think this day would come’: Kevin Strickland, Wrongfully Convicted, Free After Over 42 Years In Prison

Kevin Strickland exonerated after 40 years in prison
Kevin Strickland exonerated after 40 years in prison (Images: Screenshot/YouTube/MSNBC)

On Tuesday, a Jackson County judge granted prosecutors’ motion to exonerate Kevin Strickland in a 1978 triple murder and requested his immediate release, acknowledging that Strickland had been wrongfully convicted for one of the longest periods of time in American history.

Judge James Welsh, a retired appeals court judge, granted Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker’s motion to exonerate Strickland, now 62, which was the first of its kind under a new Missouri law.

Strickland has spent more than 42 years and 4 months in prison, or 15,487 days, since he was sentenced to prison in June 1979.

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, which has logged 2,891 exonerations since 1989, Strickland, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, had the seventh longest wrongful imprisonment acknowledged in American history and the longest in Missouri by more than a decade.

Strickland will be added to a list of 12 exonerees who have served at least 40 years in prison.

Source: Kansas City

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