Fly into or out of the 45-year-old Kansas City International Airport and it is all but impossible not to notice: It’s cramped and dark. There’s scant food, scant retail, limited technology and, in terms of atmosphere, terminals B and C (the two of the three horseshoe-shaped terminals in use) look like drab bus stations with planes. One traveler once likened the muscular, concrete architecture to a North Korean prison. But one aspect of KCI that travelers consistently rave about? Convenience.
The state of Kansas stole 23 years of Lamonte McIntyre’s life — years lost with family, friends, having children or building a career. How much is Kansas required to fork over for putting away an innocent man? Nothing. Zero dollars. Not a single penny. If McIntyre, who went away at 17 and is now 41, had been wrongly convicted and released in Texas, he would have been eligible to receive $1.8 million — $80,000 by law for every year lost, not including a yearly compensation afterward.
This letter, written in early 2010 by Lamonte McIntyre to The Star’s Eric Adler, shows the anguish McIntyre endured as an innocent man imprisoned for a double murder he didn’t commit. On Friday, McIntyre was finally freed, 23 years after Kansas City, Kan., police arrested him. He writes that his first reaction was to laugh at the allegations — they were too outlandish to scare him. But despair soon set in, and he was left to ask, “Why me?” Here is McIntyre’s letter, lightly edited for clarity.
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Selecting a term
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