Ohio man, Ralph Blaine Smith, wins $1.3 million settlement after 21 years in prison for crime 'not even committed by anyone' KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt


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Friday, February 17, 2023

Ohio man, Ralph Blaine Smith, wins $1.3 million settlement after 21 years in prison for crime 'not even committed by anyone'

Ohio man wins $1.3 million settlement after 21 years in prison for crime 'not even committed by anyone'.

Ralph Blaine Smith, 49, was first imprisoned when he was 24 for an alleged armed home invasion and robbery in Pickerington in 2000, according to local ABC affiliate WSYX.

Smith's attorney Joseph Landusky told the outlet that his client's first defense attorney more than two decades ago was not provided sufficient evidence that could have proven his innocence.

"He was sentenced to 67 years in prison for a crime that was not even committed by anyone," Landusky said of Smith. "When first responders showed up, there were no footprints in the snow. It had recently snowed. There was a dog barking right next door when they pulled up, the neighbors said no dog had barked in the last hour."

Thus, it was no surprise when she decided to speak up for a man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime. Moreover, he even spent twenty-one years in prison for this and was just recently released after his innocence was proven in court. In addition, the victim received a compensation of $1.3 million dollars which prompted a justified reaction from the undisputed champion.

Smith told the outlet that he spent much of his time in prison studying law in an effort to prove his own innocence.

"I fought hard studying case law, reading the law books, just being there for hours and hours," he said. "That was my time. It was like I got to go to the law library. Every day, that’s what it was for years."

"How can you replace 21 years in prison?" Landusky asked. "You can't. If I offered you $50 million to go to prison now and get out in 21 years, there’s no amount of money that I could give you that you would do that."

Smith said his incarceration helped him to appreciate life and not sweat the small stuff.

"To be grateful to wherever you’re at in life, to keep fighting," Smith said of what he learned. "Small things don’t bother me. I don’t let it get to me, because I’m happy that I’m out here to be able to experience it."

Shields replied to the story broken out by the publication Daily Loud. The publication revealed that the crime the person was sentenced for was not even committed by anyone and received over a million dollars for his troubles. Despite this, Shields claimed that this amount of money was certainly not enough for the pain and trauma the person had to go through. “1.3 million ain’t enough!!!!!!” she wrote.

According to the original handwritten 2000 incident report obtained by WSYX, an investigating officer wrote, "Upon arrival, we secured the outer perimeter, noting a lack of fresh footprints in the snow, before making tactical entry."

"The house was gone through too selectively for my taste," the officer also wrote at the time.

Smith eventually won his freedom after a prosecutor asked a judge to dismiss his case. After spending 21 years in jail, Smith was moved to tears when he was released on July 4, 2021.

Shields does have a point here as 21 years of a man’s life cannot be valued by money. Moreover, this only gives us an insight into how sometimes wrong convictions can cause a person’s life to be shredded into pieces. In addition, according to Shields, giving out large sums of money is not part of the solution to this problem.

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