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Straight speak from Kevin Strickland after 100 days of freedom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) – It’s been 100 days since Kevin Strickland was launched from the Western Missouri Correctional Middle in Cameron, Missouri.

That’s only a blink after spending 43 years locked up for a criminal offense a decide has dominated he didn’t commit.

Strickland reached out to KCTV5 to thank Kansas Metropolis for its help. He seemed good. He instructed us he’s misplaced 20 kilos and works out a neighborhood health club. He’s awaiting again surgical procedure and hopes to be out of his wheelchair.

Adjusting to this new lifetime of freedom just isn’t with out its challenges.

“I’m grateful for what they’ve achieved for me,” mentioned Strickland. “I need them to know that I’m coming alongside and never abusing their love.”

Strickland instructed us he was frightened about being homeless after his launch. However Kansas Metropolis generously supported him via a GoFundMe web page. Greater than $1.7 million was raised.

“I simply need to thank (individuals) and allow them to know that I don’t assume I’m going to should dwell beneath that bridge,” he mentioned.

Strickland is getting help from attorneys with the Midwest Innocence Undertaking, social staff, his household, and Ricky Kidd. Kidd understands greater than most what Strickland goes via. He was launched in August of 2019 after spending 23 years in jail earlier than being exonerated.

“Ricky Kidd has been essential,” mentioned Strickland. “he’s serving to me navigate my manner.”

Adjusting to this new lifetime of freedom just isn’t with out its challenges.

Expertise has modified life within the 43 years Strickland was away. He laughs about needing assist doing the self-checkout at a retailer. He received a name on his smartphone and couldn’t reply it, “needed to simply name them again.”

And driving is a complete completely different expertise.

“The navigation system and the factor that talks to you, all of the buttons and switches and controls—like a spaceship,” mentioned Strickland, however he provides, “It’s enjoyable. It’s refreshing—it’s freedom.”

Strickland says he likes to prepare dinner and bake. He instructed us he made a cheesecake for his daughter, however he doesn’t get pleasure from consuming, “Matter of truth, meals form of disgusts me.” He thinks jail meals conditioned his physique for “the gross stuff” so when he eats “great things” his physique doesn’t settle for it.

“So, I discovered myself making a jail meal,” he instructed us. Ramen noodle soup, with tuna, jalapeno peppers, cheese and crackers on the facet. “It went down nicely, it actually did.”

Strickland has moved out of town—he says wants area. He has a small yard and a shot-term lease. He’s taking time to find out his subsequent steps and determine his place on the planet. First, he needs to have the ability to stroll, and is about to get new fishing tools.

In the end, he needs to work with different exonerees to boost consciousness and combat for compensation for these wrongly convicted.

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