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Exonerated man looked forward to college after prison. A deputy killed him during a traffic stop
Leonard Cure was trying to make up for lost time in the three years since his release from prison after Florida officials concluded he had been wrongfully convicted of armed robbery
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leonard Cure tried to make up for the 16 years he lost imprisoned in Florida after being wrongfully convicted of armed robbery in 2004. Since being freed three years ago, he gave inspirational talks to high school students, worked a security job and, at age 53, was considering college after buying a home.
Then a Georgia sheriff's deputy pulled Cure over Monday along Interstate 95, just north of the Florida line. Authorities say Cure had been speeding at more than 90 mph (145 kph), and faced arrest for reckless driving. Instead of going to jail, he ended up dead.
The Black man was compliant until he was told he was under arrest, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation statement.
Citing preliminary information, the GBI said the deputy tased Cure after he didn't obey the officer's commands, Cure assaulted the deputy, and the deputy then used the Taser a second time, along with a baton, before pulling out his gun and shooting him.