Man Who Spent over 20 Years on Death Row to Get a Million Dollars

After spending 20 years broken, behind bars, and waiting for his inevitable death, a man was nearly torn to pieces. Although, it seems he may have a second chance, even if some still believe that he is not innocent. 

Ohio-based and exonerated Joe D’Ambrosio was not only released from prison after being wrongfully prosecuted. The ex-convict was also paid $1 million as compensation for this crime he did not commit. 

D’Ambrosio was initially awaiting execution for two decades after being found guilty in 1989 of murdering Anthony Klann. On Monday, there was a unanimous vote by the Ohio Controlling Board to reimburse the now-absolved former inmate. 

Joe D’Ambrosio. | Source: youtube.com/TG2000

Joe D’Ambrosio. | Source: youtube.com/TG2000

Terry Gilbert, who represented D’Ambrosio on his legal journey towards compensation, has expressed that his client has finally obtained some justice. The attorney stated

“I think he’s going to make sure that this is his safety net for the rest of his life.” 

The money is sourced from a fund set up in 2019 in Ohio for the wrongfully imprisoned. This allows individuals who were incarcerated via wrongful misconduct on the part of prosecutors or police to apply for remuneration. 

Handcuffs lying on money. | Source: Shutterstock

Handcuffs lying on money. | Source: Shutterstock

In 2010, a judge ruled that the previously accused had been wrongfully sentenced due to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office. They had retained 10 pieces of critical evidence that may have proven his innocence at the time of the original trial.

The experience, sadly, ended up with the TikTok user being handcuffed and arrested. 

However, the County's prosecutor maintains that D’Ambrosio is guilty of homicide. Michael O’Malley alleges that witness testimonies from the initial trial are cemented proof of this. 

A man behind prison bars. | Source: Shutterstock

A man behind prison bars. | Source: Shutterstock

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tyler Sinclair has echoed this sentiment. Sinclair claimed the ex-convict admitted to committing this crime and taking part in the kidnapping of the victim. 

The spokesperson expressed his disgust that a large sum of taxpayer money would go to a man he truly believes is a murderer and abductor.

A judge using his gavel. | Source: Shutterstock

A judge using his gavel. | Source: Shutterstock

Being wrongfully prosecuted for murder is harrowing. However, being accused in any situation for an illegitimate reason, even if minor, is always terrifying. 

This is what occurred when a man got a DUI after drinking Hibiscus Lemonade from Chipotle. The TikToker shared a video of the story on the social media platform, describing his story.

Photo of a Hibiscus Lemonade dispenser. | Photo: TikTok / @shamansaucy

Photo of a Hibiscus Lemonade dispenser. | Photo: TikTok / @shamansaucy

He explained that an officer accused him of driving under the influence, saying the open container of Hibiscus lemonade tested positive for alcohol. The experience, sadly, ended up with the TikTok user being handcuffed and arrested. 

Many viewers shared similar stories of being accused of illegal activities when they were not. As it stands, it appears that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can sometimes lead to serious legal consequences. 

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