An exonerated man who spent 30 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit and later refused to apologize to the prosecutor who put him in jail died today.
Glenn Ford spent decades on death row before finally being released, only to learn after his release that he had late stage lung cancer.
Innocent Man Who Spent 30 Years in Prison Dies of Cancer After Release
Ford received no settlement from the state of Louisiana after his release, so he spent the weeks before his death raising money for his hospice care. Ford’s journey ended this morning, according to his GoFundMe page:
Thank you to all those who have donated to Justice for Glenn Ford. Glenn’s team has been so moved by the outpouring of support we have received in the past month. At 2:11 this morning, Monday June 29th 2015, Glenn slipped away very quietly and peacefully. He was held and surrounded by people who cared about him, and was listening to a song he loved. Thank you for your generous outpouring of support. If you feel moved to make a donation, please visit www.r-a-e.org/home to donate to Resurrection After Exoneration, the organization that provided housing and so much more for Glenn since he was released.
When the prosecutor who put Ford behind bars, Marty Stroud, came to visit him, Ford was unforgiving.
“I want you to know that I am very sorry,” Stroud told Ford, who was too weak to stand up during the meeting. “It’s a stain on me that will be with me until I go to my grave.”
“Right,” Ford answered. “But it still cost me 31 years of my life and then nothing at the end but death because they give me from six to eight months to live.”
“I’m sorry,” Ford added. “I can’t forgive you.” He was 65.