KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Donations are pouring in to help a man who was freed from a Missouri prison after a judge found that he was wrongfully convicted in 1979 in a triple killing.
The GoFundMe fundraiser to benefit Kevin Strickland had surpassed its $430,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon, and donations kept coming.
Many of the donors expressed outrage that the 62-year-old wouldn’t receive compensation from Missouri.
The state only allows wrongful imprisonment payments to people exonerated through DNA evidence, so Strickland doesn’t qualify.
Judge James Welsh, a retired Missouri Court of Appeals judge, ordered Strickland's release Tuesday, finding that evidence used to convict him had since been recanted or disproven.