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Exonerated Michigan man leaves prison

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member
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    Davontae Sanford spent more than eight years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He knew he was innocent, and his lawyers say that police should have, too.

    In 2007, four people were killed on Runyon Street in Detroit.
    Witnesses said that Sanford's voice sounded similar to one of the shooter's voices, according to documents filed by Sanford's lawyers. Police questioned the then-14-year-old.
    Sanford "confessed after several hours of police interrogation over the course of two days," the Innocence Project at the University of Michigan said. Sanford said he attempted to recant his confession.
    He later pleaded guilty in the middle of trial "once he realized his defense attorney was not going to do anything to defend him."
    Two weeks after he was sentenced, a hit man confessed to the murders, according to court documents.
    The assassin led police to a gun, and ballistic tests confirmed it was the weapon used in the Runyon Street killings. He said that Sanford had nothing to do with the crime.
    Still, Sanford remained incarcerated until Wednesday afternoon, when he was freed from prison.