KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Kevin Strickland, who has spent more than 40 years in prison for triple murder in Kansas City, says he didn’t.
Strickland goes back to court on Monday in the latest chapter to win her freedom. But even if the court decides in his favor – freedom is likely to come to him.
It would be very different if Strickland had been wrongfully convicted in Kansas. If that were the case, he would have received about $2.7 million – $65,000 for each year he lived in captivity. Still, Strickland hopes the courts will eventually get it right, and he is released.
“I’m firm in my belief that God won’t let me die in prison,” Strickland said in a recent CBS interview. “But I’m losing faith in him.”
Strickland was 18 when he was arrested on charges of killing three people during a home invasion. At the time, he was described as a “warm-minded teen” and made “arrogant and sarcastic comments that made the police suspicious.”
The case against Strickland rested largely on the testimony of an eyewitness who survived that night. He later got suspicious and withdrew his statement before his death in 2015. There is also new information on fingerprints that do not include Strickland.
But there is no DNA evidence – so there is no compensation.
“It’s a misconception that when someone is exonerated, they’re going to get a lot of money, or compensation,” said Tricia Rojo Bushnell with the Midwest Innocence Project. He is part of Strickland’s legal team.
Rosa Bushnell said, “Missouri does not provide compensation for individuals who are wrongfully convicted, unless they are acquitted through a very specific process, in which that person undergoes a DNA test. and the DNA test proves his innocence.”
Rojo Bushnell explains that Kevin Strickland went to prison as a teenager and may be released when he is in his 60s. When released he will have no social security or any safety net.
“Imagine you coming out without resources,” said Rojo Bushnell. “You’re also coming into a world that’s completely different from when you went in.”
He will rely on the kindness of strangers.
“We’ve already set up GoFundMe for them to provide a safety net when they get home,” said Rojo Bushnell. “So that they have a roof over their heads, even if it’s only for a short while.”
Strickland’s GoFundMe, what you can find hereHas raised about $40,000 so far. But for now, Strickland is focusing on only one thing—freedom.
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