Courts & Crime

Innocent man goes back to jail in Kansas

Hashiem Ford is headed back to prison a week after a jury found him not guilty of first-degree murder.

It took a Sedgwick County District Court jury less than 90 minutes to acquit Ford on Feb. 12. But Ford had already been found in violation of his parole for those same charges, his public defender said.

"Here we are, spending taxpayer money to keep someone in prison after they've been found not guilty," said Chrystal Krier, Ford's lawyer. "It doesn't make any sense."

A spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections said Ford's parole was revoked after a probable cause finding while he was in the Sedgwick County Jail awaiting trial.

"The next step in this process is that he will be returned to prison, where he will be provided a revocation hearing before members of the Kansas Parole Board, who will determine if the probable cause findings will be upheld, and if Ford will be revoked for those violations," said Bill Miskell, KDOC public affairs director.

Krier said the parole hearing, and decision, took place before the trial. She learned about it after the trial.

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