Man wrongly jailed for 23 years gets nothing in compensation

A Kansas man wrongly imprisoned for longer than David Bain and Teina Pora has been told he'll get nothing in compensation.

Lamonte McIntyre was imprisoned in 1994 when he was only 17 years old. He'd been found guilty of a double-murder in Kansas City, despite no physical evidence linking him to the crime and no motive.

Police only spent 20 minutes speaking to witnesses, and Mr McIntyre was in a completely different part of town when it happened, according to the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), which fought for his release.

It's also claimed the lead detective on the case - Roger Golubski - bullied witnesses to get a conviction.

Mr McIntyre was exonerated in October last year, but is still fighting to get something in exchange for the lost years of his life.

"If he came out on probation or parole, they would have to provide him services in finding housing, education, getting his ID," Tricia Bushnell of the MIP told The Kansas City Star at the time. "They don't have to give him anything. And, in fact, they haven't."

CBS News reports several other prisoners are now challenging their sentences, claiming Mr Golubski also bullied witnesses in their cases.

"We have about a dozen people who have applied," Ms Bushnell told CBS.

Local district attorney Mark Dupree is no re-examining the cases, and says Mr Golubski may end up behind bars himself.

"If my office receives that information and there's probable cause to charge Mr Golubski, we probably will."

Mr Golubski told CBS News he did nothing wrong.

Lamonte McIntyre.
Lamonte McIntyre. Photo credit: CBS News

Mr McIntyre is trying to get on with his life, having to start from scratch without a dime to his name.

"I want to spend the rest of my life being happy. I don't want to be bitter. I don't have no more time to give."

Kansas is one of 18 US states that doesn't offer compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

Mr Pora got around $3.5 million in compensation in total, while Mr Bain received close to $1 million - not in compensation per se, but to end his legal action seeking compensation.