On the day Lamonte McIntyre was sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison, he said just 13 words to the court:
“Judge, I would like to tell the court that I’m innocent. That’s all.”
On Thursday, more than two decades later, McIntyre’s family and friends poured into a Wyandotte County courtroom for a hearing that has called into question the imprisonment of a 17-year-old man.
McIntyre, now 41, smiled at the approximately 50 friends and relatives who had assembled in the courtroom.
An innocent man has languished in prison for 23 years, his loved ones say. In a rally outside the courthouse beforehand, they cried: “I say free, you say Lamonte.”