CWCY, MIC, and SADO Client Davontae Sanford’s Convictions Vacated

CWCY, MIC, and SADO Client Davontae Sanford’s Convictions Vacated

Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Michigan Innocence Clinic, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office

In 2007, Davontae Sanford, a 14-year-old who was blind in one eye and had a habit of telling tall tales, told Detroit police officers after hours of questioning that he had killed four people in a shooting a few blocks from his house.

The teenager, who had quickly recanted, was sentenced to up to 90 years in prison and remained behind bars even after a notorious Detroit hit man admitted to having committed the killings with a second man.

But on Tuesday, after eight years of court battles and a reinvestigation of the case, Brian Sullivan, a Wayne County Court judge, vacated Mr. Sanford’s convictions and ordered him released. Read more.