Carter was nearly 17 in 1992 when he was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 10-year-old neighbor girl.
Davontae Sanford pleaded guilty at age 15 to killing four people…but then a hit man confessed to the crimes.
“You know, I’m suffering, my family’s suffering. I just want to be cleared, man. I want the governor to see that this is not what really happened and be cleared so I can move on with my life.”
Vincent Smothers’ testimony would be the most crucial evidence yet to try to persuade a judge to throw out Davontae Sanford’s guilty plea and free him from a nearly 40-year prison sentence.
A man who spent 16 years in prison after being falsely accused of raping his daughter came up empty-handed in a request before a federal appeals court.