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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After spending 24 of his 40 years as a convicted criminal, Quentin Carter is now officially an innocent man.
But for a man who spent 17 years in a prison, framed by a convicted murderer for the rape of a child, Carter says he is not filled with rage or even a desire for revenge.
Perhaps remarkably, he expects nothing to really change in his life because through it all, he remained true to himself.
"I knew I was going to get out some day," said Carter on Tuesday, days after a judge officially declared him exonerated for the 1992 conviction for raping a 10-year-old girl. "I knew I wasn't going to do life."
Carter's attitude is all the more incredible when one considers the circumstances that sent him to prison.
About a year after he brutally murdered Joel Battaglia on the streets of Eastown in 1990, a man named Aurelias Marshall raped the 10-year-old daughter of his crack-addicted girlfriend, according to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office. ..Continued.. by Barton Deiters