Richard Phillips 1

Wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed: Octo­ber 51972
Exon­er­at­ed: March 282018
Wayne County

Richard Phillips was con­vict­ed of mur­der in 1972 and exon­er­at­ed in March 2018. He served over 45 years in prison — the longest time any­one has ever served before being exonerated. 

The exon­er­a­tion was based in large part on the con­fes­sion of a co-defen­dant, who, after decades of main­tain­ing his own inno­cence, final­ly con­fessed to the crime and made clear that Richard was not involved. 

The cir­cuit court judge held an evi­den­tiary hear­ing and vacat­ed the con­vic­tion in 2017. The Wayne Coun­ty Prosecutor’s Con­vic­tion Integri­ty Unit then reviewed the case, and the pros­e­cu­tion dis­missed all charges in March 2018.

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