An African American man put in about 40 years behind bars in the US state of Ohio for a murder he did not commit will receive $1 million from the state for his wrongful incarceration.
On Thursday, an Ohio Court of Claims judge requested that only more than $1 million be paid to Ricky Jackson.
Jackson said he learned about the payment from a reporter who had called him on Thursday afternoon to get his response to the court request.
“Wow, I didn’t know that,” Jackson said. “Wow wow wow, that’s fantastic, man. I don’t even know what to say. This is going to mean so much.”
Michele Berry, his lawyer from the Innocence Project, said a monetary counsel will help Jackson to handle the cash in the most intelligent way.
In the wake of listening to the news of the court request, Berry got to be passionate and communicated her thankfulness for all that the innocent black man went through.
“It’s been an honor to work for and with Ricky,” she said. “He’s probably the wisest person I’ve ever met.”
In November, Jackson, 57, and Wiley Bridgeman, 60, were both exonerated in a 1975 homicide after a key witness against them, who was 13 years of age at the time, admitted in 2013 that he lied during his testimony.
Eddie Vernon, now 53, told a minister who visited him at a hospital in 2013 that he had never actually witnessed the crime. He said Cleveland police detectives coerced him into testifying that the men executed business person Harry Franks on May 19, 1975.
The Ohio Innocence Project, which took up their case, said Jackson and Bridgeman’s 39 years detainment mark them as the longest-serving exonerees in US history.