Wrongly Convicted Death Row Inmate Dies Of Cancer One Year After Release

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Glenn Ford, who served almost 30 years in a Louisiana prison after being wrongly convicted for a murder, died from cancer on June 29, aged 65. 

In March 2014, Ford was exonerated of robbing and killing a watchmaker in a 1983 murder case after evidence revealed he was not at the scene of the crime, reported NBC News. 

William Most, a lawyer and friend of Ford told ABC News that Ford was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer after his release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. 

Ford’s lung cancer progressed to stage 4 and eventually spread to his bones, Most said. 

After his release from jail, Ford was provided with a home by Resurrection After Exoneration, an organization that helps exonerees after prison. 

Alison McCrary, a volunteering attorney at Resurrection After Exoneration, said Ford’s approximately $2,000 in medical costs were paid for by private donations, reported NBC News. 

Ford filed two federal lawsuits before his death for wrongful imprisonment and inadequate health treatment, while a third lawsuit was against the state involving compensation, reports ABC News. 

McCrary said Ford was in a lot of pain when he passed, but spoke differently of his character. 

“There’s also a peacefulness about Glenn. He had no hatred in his heart. He was really looking forward to the afterlife,” she said. 

In March, A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, the prosecutor responsible for Ford’s death row sentence, met with Ford and apologized for his conviction. 

The meeting, filmed for ABC's "Nightline," featured Stroud telling Ford that the conviction is “a stain on me that will be with me until I go to the grave.”

Ford said in response to Stroud’s apology: “Right, but it still cost me 31 years of my life, and then nothing at the end but death.” 

A funeral service will be held on July 5 at the Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans. 

Sources: NBC News, ABC News (2), Resurrection After Exoneration
Photo Credit: Screenshot via ABC News