Saturday, March 6, 2021

Wrongfully Convicted Black Man (Mark Schand) Awarded $27 Million!

Mark Schand1
Mark Schand

*In 1987, Mark Schand was wrongfully convicted of murdering Victoria Seymour, a mother of three, with a stray bullet during what prosecutors said was a drug deal gone wrong outside of a Massachusetts nightclub.

Police, who called Schand a local troublemaker, was “identified” and a photo of him and several others were used to help Springfield police identify the victim.

However, argued Schand’s lawyers, city investigators confused the photos and the lineups, leading to Schand being sentenced to life in prison without parole.  However, though it stands as a travesty to justice, Schand’s life began to turn around in 2010 when Centurion Ministries looked into his case, finding multiple discrepancies in evidence.

DOUBLETREE HOTEL GUEST WHO WAS OUSTED FOR ‘CALLING HIS MOTHER WHILE BLACK’ SUES FOR $10M

Mark Schand - mugshot
Mark Schand – mugshot

The conviction was vacated in 2013 and Schand sued the city two years later.  On Friday it was announced that a federal jury awarded 55-year-old Mark Schand $27 million, $1 million for each year served, for being convicted and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.

The stray bullet actually came from drug dealers Charles ‘Heavy’ Stokes and his brother David’s exchange with Anthony Cooke and Michael Hosten went bad on Rifle Street in Springfield, Massachusetts on  September 2, 1986.

Three weeks later, a witness told investigators he was ’50 percent’ sure Schand was the gunman. The Stokes brothers later identified Schand as the shooter and made the same claims during trial. Heavy Stokes recanted his testimony in 1989.

Police used testimony from a criminal who was slated to do time himself? An all too familiar recipe for injustice.

Mark Schand2
Mark Schand (center) cuts the a ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of one of three juice bars he owns in Connecticut on January 16, 2018

EurWebWriter
Ricardo A. Hazell began his career in journalism in 1996 as a Research Intern for the prestigious Editor & Publisher Co. His byline has appeared in The Root, Washington Post, Black Enterprise and he helped define culture within the African Diaspora as Senior Cultural Contributor at The Shadow League. Currently working on the semi-autobiographical novel "Remorse".

YOU MAY LIKE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

SEARCH

THE CULTURECALENDAR: WHAT'S NEW & BLACK ON TV


TRENDING