Now, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced that Phillips will receive $ 1.5 million in compensation for his time behind bars. The money is not taxed and he loses nothing through attorney fees, his lawyer Gabi Silver told CNN.
The $ 1.5 million payment covers approximately three decades of his imprisonment, as he also served an armed conviction for robbery in prison.
Silver says she is still fighting the robbery for robbery. If Phillips is relieved of this allegation, his need for recuperation could be even greater.
"This is great news and absolutely right," said Wayne County attorney Kym Worthy in a statement. "Although this compensation will not bring back the 45 years he has unjustly spent in jail, it is my sincere hope that it will bring him a well-deserved and fulfilling quality of life."
At age 73, he is starting a new life in a new world
Richard Phillips, who is now 73 years old, was just 27 years old when he was arrested. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in October 1
At the time, Richard Nixon was in a re-election against Sen. George McGovern for the presidency.
Michael Jackson's "Ben" and Elvis Presley's "Burning Love" were in the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 The car factories in Detroit where Phillips worked were dynamic.
For more than four decades, the world has changed both profoundly and secularly.
After being released last year, he was amazed at the number of orange juice varieties now available in the aisles of grocery stores.
His condemnation was based on false statements
Phillips was originally convicted of murder for allegedly having pulled and shot a man named Gregory Harris out of his car. The victim's brother-in-law told the investigators that he had met with Phillips at a bar to discuss the murder.
In 2010, another man, Richard Polombo, admitted killing Harris. Four years later, the University of Michigan law school at the University of Michigan received approval from Polombos. After years of litigation, Phillips was granted a new trial at the end of 2017.
He became a free man in March 2018.
Prison walls could not contain his creative spirit.
His pictures were custom greeting cards, which he sold to other inmates. He used the proceeds to buy more works of art.
His watercolor paintings often touched topics of hope and survival.
With a modernist touch he described flower scenes, landscapes, musicians and immersed himself in the world of the abstract as well. In almost 30 years he has created an extensive work that is now for sale.
According to Silver, Phillips is now renting an apartment, but hopes to be able to buy a small house with the new money and enjoy the simple pleasures of living.
One of those hopes, says Silver, is that Phillips wants to have a German shepherd puppy.
"He's pretty balanced, he says he's not bitter," said Silver.