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Ronald J. Logan


Armed robbers stole $45 from a confectionary in Detroit, Michigan, on January 19, 1946. Several men were arrested for their involvement in the crime. Witness Larry Russell identified Ronald J. Logan as the driver of the getaway car.

Logan was convicted of the robbery, and, on May 23, 1946, he was sentenced to life in prison for this crime.

Logan maintained his innocence, engaging in a hunger strike to win a lie detector test, which he passed. Some additional investigation was then done into the case, and, in October 1959, Larry Russell testified at a hearing that Logan had not been the driver in the 1946 robbery. Russell stated he had fabricated the story that Logan was involved in the crime because he and Logan had been quarreling over a girlfriend at that time. The other two men who had been convicted in the 1946 robbery, Daniel Bousha and Jack Briggs, also testified that Logan was not involved in the crime. On the basis of this new testimony and his lie detector test results, Logan was granted a new trial in October 1959.

Rather than retrying Logan, Judge W. McKay Skillman ordered Logan’s release on a motion by Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Brezner on October 30, 1959.

In October 1978, Logan was granted $25,000 as compensation for his 13½ years of wrongful imprisonment, pursuant to an appropriations bill passed by the state legislature of Michigan.

– Meghan Barrett Cousino

State:MI
County:Wayne
Most Serious Crime:Robbery
Reported Crime Date:1946
Convicted:1946
Exonerated:1959
Sentence:Life
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:28
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation