Lamonte McIntyre, a Kansas man who spent 23 years in jail for a double murder he didn’t commit, is suing the county where he was convicted and a former police officer for $93 million in damages.
Former detective Roger Golubski’s actions, according to McIntyre and his mother, were orchestrated by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. According to the Associated Press, McIntyre’s mother insists that Golubski forced her into sex and then framed her son McIntyre for a double killing in 1994 after she rejected the detective’s further sexual approaches.
According to KCUR News, McIntyre and her mother also accuse Golubski of abusing Black women for years and using them as anonymous “informants” to clear cases in their lawsuit. Golubski has disputed the charges, and the lawsuit was set for a jury trial on November 7 by a judge on Thursday.
After the Attorney General’s office determined that McIntyre was unfairly convicted in the 1994 double murder case, the state of Kansas compensated him $1.5 million in 2020. For the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn, McIntyre, who was 17 at the time of his conviction, served 8,583 days (about 23 and a half years). McIntyre was sentenced to life in prison for the murders, however his sentence was annulled in 2017 and he was released.
Two years after coming out, McIntyre sued the state of Kansas for wrongful conviction and compensation. The state, on the other hand, first refused to bend. In 2019, the state Attorney General’s office declared that “the record of earlier court proceedings… inadequate” to justify any compensation for McIntyre.
Kansas passed a bill in 2018 that provides $65,000 in compensation for those who have been wrongly convicted for each year they have served in prison. “I’m not furious,” McIntyre said at the time, referring to efforts to pass the 2018 bill. I’m frustrated because I don’t like it when people are treated unfairly.
“We’re going to assist innocent individuals in returning home.” But we also want to make sure they arrive in good health and on solid ground.”
According to the lawsuit, McIntyre, who was also granted a certificate of innocence in 2020, has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. “Lamonte suffers sleeping problems as a result of despair and worry,” his lawyers claim. “He has nightmares,” says the narrator. He is also hypervigilant and worried during the day.”
According to the lawsuit, his mother received psychological treatment for 17 years and was also diagnosed with PTSD.