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Detroit reaches $7.5M deal in wrongful conviction lawsuit

Murder case dismissed against Davontae Sanford
Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-21 19:16:38-04

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has reached a $7.5 million settlement with a man who spent eight years in prison before a prosecutor agreed to drop four murder convictions.

Davontae Sanford was just 15 when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shootings of four people in 2007.

But the case took a strange turn when a professional hit man stepped forward and said he was responsible for the killings.

Sanford insisted he was innocent and took a plea deal only because he felt poorly represented by a lawyer.

In 2016, the Wayne County prosecutor dropped Sanford's convictions citing police misconduct, not a confession from hit man Vincent Smothers.