Exonerated death row inmate dies of cancer one year after release

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Glenn Ford, the exonerated death-row inmate who served 30 years for a crime he did not commit, has succumbed to his fight with lung cancer.

Ford’s case garnered national attention last year when he was exonerated by a judge who determined that there was credible evidence suggesting his innocence. He had already spent 30 years on Louisiana’s death row.

After Ford was freed, he was denied compensation by the state, who claimed that he had not proved his innocence fully.

The state of Louisiana argued that Ford’s knowledge of a plan a local watchmaker,Isadore Rozman, that ended in murder made him complicit. The state also contended that Ford tried to sell the murder weapon.

Ford became the longest-serving inmate in American history to be exonerated.  Though he was glad he had gained back his freedom, he could not bring himself to forgive the prosecutor who put him in prison.

“It still cost me 31 years of my life, and then nothing at the end but death,” he said in April after prosecutor Marty Stroud apologized and admitted to pursuing victory ahead of justice.

Ford was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after his release from prison, and he stated that he had received insufficient medical help while he was incarcerated.

He died surrounded by his loved ones and family. He was 65.