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Maryland apologizes to man wrongly convicted of murder, agrees to $340K payment for years in prison

  • After being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending over five years in prison, Demetrius Smith has been awarded more than $340,000 in compensation from the state of Maryland. The prosecution's case against Smith was weak, and they relied on witnesses who later recanted their testimony. Despite his innocence being proven, Smith still spent an additional year and a half in prison before he was released in 2013.
  • Despite losing faith in the criminal justice system, Smith entered an Alford plea for the assault charge in 2011. It wasn't until the following year that the state finally dropped the murder conviction. Smith's sentence was eventually modified, but he had already spent a significant amount of time behind bars for crimes he did not commit.
  • Governor Wes Moore apologized to Smith on behalf of the state of Maryland, acknowledging that the justice system had failed him not once, but twice. Moore emphasized that the settlement was a formal acknowledgment of the injustice Smith had endured and the long overdue justice he deserved. Smith's innocence was eventually proven, and in 2011, the person responsible for the murder was charged.
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