After being behind bars for 20 years, for a crime he did not commit. One man used his time very wisely and has finally pulled himself out of jail and settled with the state. Rodell Sanders was awarded $15 million on September 28th.
Sanders received assistance of the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project and gained his freedom 2 years ago. He was imprisoned for murder in a 1993 gang hit, many retrials, and investigations proved he did not commit this crime. Watch broadcast here.
Rodell was fortunate enough that a the last surviving member of the hit confessed in a letter to Sander’ girlfriend six months after the incident. According to the Chicago Tribune, he wrote:
“I know that you are still mad at me for helping the police to lie on Rodell about that murder,”
“But I was scared. Like I told you before, the police told me to lie on Rodell and put his name on this (expletive). … They wanted Rodell instead of me because they need me to come to court on another case, then help them put Rodell away forever.”
The letter goes onto say that Chicago Heights Police framed Sanders. Rodell believes that two detectives cropped a photograph to create evidence against him.
Rodells familt stuck behind him, they raised $1k so he could learn law and push for a retrial. He had to cross examine almost a dozen witnesses and put forward court filings.
“From day one, I said they framed me. No one believed me. And now it’s finally come out. I don’t know if it makes things right. I will never get back the 20 years they have taken from me. [And] I lost those years with my family, with my children.”
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