A man is back with his family after spending 13 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, according to prosecutors.
Lamar Johnson, 33, was sentenced to life in prison after a 2004 shooting. WTTG reports there was no physical evidence in the case and Johnson was convicted after an informant misidentified Johnson as the gunman who killed Carlos Sawyer in Baltimore.
Thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Johnson’s conviction was overturned and he walked out of prison Tuesday, CBS News reports.
“First I want to thank God for blessing me with my freedom, then I want to thank my mother for always having my back and believing in my innocence,” Johnson said after being released. “Then I would like to thank the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project for believing in my innocence and taking my case.”
Johnson said he plans become “a productive member of society.”
“I want to get my degree in business management and buy into the McDonald’s franchise one day,” Johnson told WTTG. “I want to be an entrepreneur. And I also want to be an advocate for the wrongly convicted.”