Ohio Man Exonerated Of Murder After 27 Years Of Imprisonment
Cuyahoga County prosecutors say they will not fight attempts by three men to gain more than $4.1 million in compensation for their wrongful imprisonments of a 1975 murder that they didn’t commit.
Mary McGrath, an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor, filed documents Tuesday morning that said her office considers Wiley Bridgeman, his brother Kwame Ajamu and Ricky Jackson innocent of the slaying of Harold Franks, who was brutally attacked in front of a Cleveland convenience store.
Jackson, 57, and Bridgeman, 60, spent 39 years in prison for the murder; Ajamu, who previously was known as Ronnie Bridgeman, spent 28 years behind bars. Their convictions were thrown out after a key witness in the case recanted his testimony during a hearing last month in Common Pleas Court.
Eddie Vernon testified at the hearing that he was 12 when he went to police and lied about seeing Franks’ slaying. He said a friend gave him the three names, and he told police detectives, who fed him information on the case.
Jackson and Bridgeman were released from prison within days of the hearing. Ajamu, who trumpeted their cause for years, was released in 2003.
Under Ohio law, former inmates who are wrongfully imprisoned can earn more than $40,000 a year, per year that they were incarcerated, through the Ohio Court of Claims. That means Jackson and Bridgeman each could take in more than $1.5 million, while Ajamu could receive more than $1.1 million.
Congratulations brothas! Welcome back to this racist azz world. Hope y’all win the money!
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