Updated Nov 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Donors raise over $1M for wrongfully convicted Missouri man

Kevin Strickland, who spent more than 43 years in prison for three murders he did not commit, speaking to reporters in Cameron, Missouri, Tuesday.

Kevin Strickland speaks to reporters in Cameron, Mo., on Nov. 23. Photo: Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Donations are flowing in for Kevin Strickland, a Black man who was wrongly convicted of three murders in 1979, following his release from a Missouri prison this week. 

Why it matters: Strickland, who was finally exonerated and freed Tuesday, doesn't qualify for a wrongful imprisonment payout as this only applies to people exonerated via DNA testing in Missouri, CNN notes. A GoFundMe account set up to help him had raised over $1 million by Friday morning.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that the fund-raising total has now exceeded $1 million.

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