Glenn Ford, 64, had been on death row since August 1988 in connection with the death of 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport, Louisiana jeweler that Ford occasionally did yard work for. Ford had always denied killing Rozeman, but was tried and convicted of first-degree murder in 1984 and sentenced to death.
According to Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Ford walked free from the Angola maximum security prison Tuesday afternoon hours after a judge approved the state’s notion to vacate his murder conviction.
As he walked away from the prison, Ford told WAFB-TV that he felt good although he has resentment about being wrongly jailed:
“I’ve been locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do. I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing as and when I was 35, 38, 40 stuff like that.”
State District Judge Ramona Emanuel took the step in voiding Ford’s conviction based on new information that verified his claim that he was not present or involved with Rozeman’s death.
Louisiana law entitles those who have served time but are later exonerated to receive compensation for being wrongly jailed. It calls for payments of $25,000 per year of wrongful incarceration up to a maximum of $250,000, plus up to $80,000 for loss of “life’s opportunities.”