In Missouri, only those exonerated through DNA testing are eligible for $50 per day post-conviction, according to the Innocence Project. That is not the case for Strickland.
As of early Thursday afternoon, donations to Strickland had reached $910,000.
The fund, set up over the summer with a goal of raising $7,500, says it will amount to about $175 for each year Strickland is wrongly convicted.
Thirty-six states and Washington, DC, have book laws that provide compensation to exempt people, according to the Innocence Project. The federal standard for compensating those wrongly convicted is a minimum of $50,000 per year incarcerated, plus an additional amount per year for death row inmates.
Adjusting to a new world
Strickland said he learned of his passing through a breaking news broadcast that interrupted the soap opera he was watching on Tuesday.
The first thing he did after his release was visit his mother’s grave.
“To know my mother was down there and I hadn’t had a chance to visit her over the years… I watched the tears I shed when they told me I had sinned. that I didn’t commit,” Strickland told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Wednesday.
He said his first night out of prison was a restless night where the thoughts of returning to prison, among others, kept him awake, he said Wednesday.
“I’m used to living in a closed cell where I know exactly what’s going on in there with me,” he said. “And being at home and you hear the creaking in the house and the wiring and whatever… I was a little scared. I thought someone was going to come get me.”
Convicted as a teenager, exonerated as an adult
Douglas was wounded by a shotgun and later told police that Vincent Bell and Kiln Adkins were two of the perpetrators. But she didn’t identify Strickland, who she knows, was at the scene until a day later, according to KSHB, after it was suggested that her Strickland’s hair matched Douglas’ description about the shooter. Douglas insists she initially failed to identify him as a result of cognac and marijuana use, according to KSHB.
But over the past 30 years, she has said she made a mistake and misidentified Strickland. According to KSHB, Douglas worked to liberate Strickland through the Midwest Innocence Project.
According to Strickland’s attorney, Robert Hoffman, the two attackers she identified at the scene were both guilty of second-degree murder and each received about 10 years in prison for the crime.