Glenn Ford, a 65-year-old man who was exonerated last year after it was proved that he was wrongly convicted for a crime he did not commit has died a little over a year since his exoneration. According to USA Today, Glenn Ford, who was suffering from lung cancer, died on Monday. His death was confirmed by the Innocence Project New Orleans. According to a press release issued by the organisation, Ford passed away at 2:11 a.m. local time surrounded by family and friends.
Before his release in 2014, he was wrongly convicted for the murder of Isadore Rozeman, a jeweler from Shreveport, Louisiana. Isadore was robbed and killed – allegedly by Glenn. However, in 2014, a confidential informant informed police that it was someone else who had committed the murder which Ford was accused of committing – paving way for his release. When he was released last year, Ford had spent 29 years, three months and five days of his life in prison. At the time of his release on March 10, 2014, Glenn was the longest-serving death row inmate in the United States.
Glenn Ford’s wrongful conviction became an issue of national discussion last year after the Attorney who pressed for his conviction apologised to him for his role in Ford’s wrongful conviction. Attorney A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, the lead prosecutor in Ford’s trial, had written a letter to Ford apologizing for his role in his wrongful conviction. In the letter, Stroud recalled that he was 33-years old, arrogant and judgmental in 1984 when he had Glenn Ford sentenced to death. Glen would then sent the rest of his 30 years in death row.
“In 1984, I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning,” Stroud wrote in a letter that went viral
Both the men later met face to face – but Ford said he was unable to apologize to the man who caused him to wrongly spend nearly half of his life in prison. Glenn Ford, too, was 33-years-old at the time of his conviction.
When he was released, all Glenn Ford had was $20 given to him by the State Of Louisiana for a bus ride home. He was also denied further compensation under the state’s wrongful conviction statute, Innocence Project New Orleans said.
Soon after his release, Ford was diagnosed with Lung cancer which led to his death on Monday. Glenn Ford never married but had several children. Several of his grandchildren were able to meet him before his death. A service is scheduled to held in his memory, officials from Innocence Project New Orleans confirmed.
This is not the first time the Inquisitr had reported about people being released decades after wrongful convictions. Last year, the Inquisitr had reported about the release of Susan Marie Ellen who was released after spending 17 years in prison.
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