Oklahoma Man Gets $175,000 After 48 Years in Jail for a Crime He Didn't Commit

Glynn Simmons, now 71, was freed of a 1975 murder conviction after serving 48 years in jail, the longest unjust sentence in US history.

This exoneration comes after a protracted battle for justice, which recently resulted in his release. Simmons has maintained his innocence, claiming he was in Louisiana when Carolyn Sue Rogers, an Oklahoma liquor shop clerk, was fatally shot.

The prosecution relied heavily on the testimony of a crucial witness who initially recognized Simmons in a lineup but later contradicted portions of her testimony. Despite the fact that a dozen additional witnesses testified that Simmons was in Louisiana at the time of the murder, he was convicted and condemned to death in 1975. Following Supreme Court rulings, this sentence was later converted to life imprisonment.

When District Attorney Vicki Behenna admitted that crucial evidence was not supplied to Simmons’ defense team, the case was re-evaluated. A police report stated that the eyewitness had identified many different suspects in multiple lineups before settling on Simmons and co-defendant Don Roberts. The lack of physical evidence at the crime scene complicated matters even more.

Simmons’ case was reopened after years of proclaiming his innocence, and a fresh trial was ordered. However, because of a lack of tangible evidence, the District Attorney’s office subsequently opted not to retry him. As a result, Simmons was certified entitled to up to $175,000 in state wrongful conviction compensation.

This money, however, is expected to arrive after a significant delay, and in the meanwhile, Simmons is relying on a GoFundMe effort to cover his living and medical bills, particularly for his ongoing liver cancer treatment. The campaign has raised more than $37,000 of its $50,000 goal.

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