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Wrongly Imprisoned For 43 Years, Kevin Strickland Is Still Waiting To Be Freed

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Because of confusion over whether innocence is enough for a non-death penalty conviction to be overturned in Missouri, Kevin Strickland remains incarcerated at a prison in DeKalb County.

Despite setbacks, Strickland's legal team still has an avenue to securing their client's freedom.

In spite of Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker asking that Strickland be freed, the Missouri Supreme Court recently declined to hear Strickland’s petition. In addition, Missouri Governor Mike Parson passed him over on his latest list of pardons. Now his attorney is faced with bringing Strickland's petition to the circuit court of DeKalb County where his client is imprisoned.

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