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159636 - Devontae Sanford v State of Michigan

Davontae Sanford,

 

Julie Hurwitz

 

Plaintiff-Appellant,

 

v

(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)

 

 

(Ct of Claims – Talbot, M.)

 

State of Michigan,

 

Christopher Allen

 

Defendant-Appellee.

 

Summary

In 2008, when plaintiff was 15 years old, he pled guilty to four counts of second-degree murder and felony-firearm.  He was sentenced to a prison term, with credit for 198 days he spent in a juvenile facility before he was sentenced.  After it was determined that plaintiff was innocent and wrongfully convicted, his conviction was vacated and he was released from prison on June 8, 2016.  In 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint in the Court of Claims seeking compensation from defendant under the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act, MCL 691.1751 et seq.  Defendant acknowledged that plaintiff was entitled to compensation, but the parties disagreed as to whether he was entitled to compensation for the 198 days he spent in the juvenile facility.  The Court of Claims held that plaintiff was not entitled to compensation for the time spent in the juvenile facility, and the Court of Appeals affirmed in an unpublished opinion.  The Supreme Court has ordered oral argument on the application to address whether the plaintiff is entitled to compensation under the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act, MCL 691.1751 et seq., for time spent in a juvenile facility before he was convicted of a crime.​