(LANSING) – A former Constantine reserve police officer will be compensated by the State of Michigan for a wrongful conviction.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently approved three compensations, one of them for Raymond McCann II, who will receive approximately $40,000. Her office carefully reviewed and evaluated the compensation claims filed under the state’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act (WICA).
McCann was charged with five counts of perjury in the murder investigation of Jodi Parrack in 2007. McCann was on the search team that found Jodi's body. He was accused of lying to investigators in the case, and was interviewed 20 times in relation to her death.
McCann denied any role in the death of Parrack, but says he felt pressured to enter the no contest plea on perjury charges in 2014. He served 20 months behind bars, and was released after police arrested Daniel Furlong on murder charges in Jodi's death. New evidence, which was surveillance footage, proved him innocent of the charges. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough sought the decision to vacate and dismiss the conviction against McCann.
Under WICA, a plaintiff is entitled to judgment if they can show new evidence demonstrates that the plaintiff did not perpetrate the crime and was not an accomplice or accessory; the new evidence results in the reversal or vacation of the charges; or the new evidence results in either the dismissal of all charges or a finding of not guilty on all charges on retrial.
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