Sins of Detroit podcast: Davontae Sanford’s road to freedom, part 1
Motor City injustice, A Detroit News podcast
Supporters of Davontae Sanford say his case exposes problems at every step of the criminal justice system. Sanford was 14 years old in 2007 when he was arrested for a quadruple homicide in a Detroit drug house. Sanford claims police tricked him into confessing to the crime; and that his defense attorney, who was later disbarred for unethical behavior, pressured him to plead guilty to second-degree murder because the lawyer said he knew the judge, who’d hand down a light sentence. At age 15, Sanford was sentenced to 39 to 90 years in adult prison.