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Lynie Gaines

Other Michigan Guilty Plea Cases
On March 9, 1990, Lynie Gaines was arrested in Wayne County, Michigan on a charge of selling a kilogram of cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Gaines claimed he had been set up, but agreed to plead guilty with the condition that he be allowed a hearing to present evidence that he had been entrapped by Christopher Keyes, a police informant. He was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison.

At the hearing, evidence was presented that Keyes gave $10,000 to Gaines to buy narcotics, but Gaines pocketed the money instead. Angry at the loss, Keyes reached out to police to set up a drug sale involving Gaines, according to the testimony.

When Gaines balked at doing a drug deal, Keyes began making threatening telephone calls to Delores Cohens, the mother of Gaines’s son. When the calls began, Cohens told Gaines, who then agreed to make the drug deal to protect Cohens and his child.

So Gaines met with a third party—actually an undercover officer—and purchased the cocaine. He was then arrested and charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

Following the hearing, Gaines sought to withdraw his guilty plea. The Michigan Court of Appeals granted the motion. The state’s petition to appeal was denied by the Michigan Supreme Court in 1997.
Gaines was released on April 22, 1997 and the charges were dismissed.
After Michigan enacted a law in 2016 allowing for compensation in cases of wrongful conviction, Gaines filed a claim seeking compensation for his time in custody, but it was denied in September 2020.
– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012
Last Updated: 3/27/2023
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1990
Sentence:10 to 30 years
Age at the date of reported crime:36
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No