Ohio Man Receives 1M For UnJust Imprisonment
Ricky Jackson, 58, was released from prison last November after serving 39 years for a crime he did not commit. It has recently been announced that The Court of Claims is set to pay the clevelander $1,008,055.
Jackson along with his two friends, brothers Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman were sentenced to prison in 1975 after being falsely accused of aggravated murder of a man outside an Ohio convenience store. Jackson was 18 at time time, and the other two were 20.During this time, a 12-year-old boy, Eddie Vernon, was said to have been the only witness to the murder. It was not until last year that he decided to recant his accusations.
The Bridgeman brothers were released earlier than Jackson. Wiley, in 2002, and Ronnie now known as Kwame Ajamu, in 2003. When Jackson was finally released, he had become the longest-held US prisoner to be cleared of a crime.
The tax-free award will be given to Jackson in an annuity account which a financial adviser will help him receive payments and handle the money properly.
Jackson kept a humble heart throughout the process, he forgave Vernon for the false accusation and was excited to experience Cleveland life after nearly four decades.
In a video released via Cleveland.com, Jackson seemed very humbled about the long-term imprisonment.
“Just because you’re in prison doesn’t mean you have to be a prisoner, you got to be a man,” he said. “You got to get yourself together regardless of what the circumstances are and press forward.You know you’re innocent you just got to keep fighting.”
Jackson will now adjust to his newfound life, and with $1 million to put to his name. Though a big chunk of his life was spent locked up, he is now beginning his journey to truly live his life to the fullest.