An image of Larry McKee (left) hugging his sister (right) after his release from prison.
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McKee Finally Free After Wrongful Conviction Derailed His Life

Eight months ago, Larry McKee’s conviction was thrown out. Important evidence hadn’t been given in his defense. He was in jail for over two decades.

Imagine going to prison for a crime you didn’t commit. This was the life of Larry McKee. McKee is now 47 years old. He has been in prison since 1997. He has spent the last two decades incarcerated on murder charges. The Adirondack Correctional Facility has been McKee’s home for over 20 years.

Eight months ago, his conviction was thrown out by a state judge.  Important evidence was given to his defense, that hadn’t been given before.

McKee feels that he was wronged. However, he must collect the pieces and move on.

Larry McKee’s Wrongful Conviction

McKee was convicted of murder after a witness, a 16-year-old, said he witnessed McKee shoot the 29-year-old Theodore Vance. Just before, a fight broke out on a Bronx corner at 176th Street and University Avenue. The fight became vigorous and debris and brickbats turned into weapons.

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McKee’s defense team as well as the prosecutors, agreed he had been struck by Vance using a pipe-like object. According to McKee, he escaped before Vance was shot. The gun that was used in the murder was never recovered.

The Breakthrough in Larry McKee’s Case

McKee’s biggest breakthrough was a witness who gave a different description of the person who shot and killed Vance. The witness had one blind eye. He described the killer as a light-skinned Hispanic man.

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The Bronx district attorney’s office did a six-month long investigation and found out this vital information of the witness was not give to the defense. According to a report, the shooter was a “Spanish guy”. McKee is a Black man.

McKee’s conviction was thrown out in January by Justice Robert E. Torres. Darcel D. Clark, the Bronx District Attorney, requested the judge to do so.

The Bronx district attorney’s offices also dropped the indictment after admitting her office had

“uncovered potentially exculpatory evidence that was not provided to the defense at the time of trial.”

A lot Has Changed in the World Since McKee’s Release

According to McKee, a lot has changed. Things are never the same. Since he was released, he has been learning to live in a new world. One that is very different from the one he left behind in 1997 before he went to prison.

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For him, it is a very difficult adjustment. His life was derailed following the years in prison for a wrongful conviction.

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McKee finds today’s technology very different from the life he left. He admits to having problems using his cellphone. He has a problem with texts and emails. But he is learning.

Jail Robbed McKee of a Life

According to McKee, the wrongful conviction robbed him of a career and a life. What he dreamed of doing is over. He is trying as much as he can to forget the past. Forget what he has lost.

An image of Larry McKee (left) hugging his sister (right) after his release from prison.
While McKee’s feelings are mixed (given the magnitude of this change to his life), his release has given him the chance to progress his life, something taken from him due to his unjust incarceration. Image Source: NY Daily News

Life after incarceration has been so lonely for McKee. After spending a life in jail, he understands all to well the beauty of appreciating the simple things in life.

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