John Brown Jr

It is  with great heartbreak that the Midwest Innocence Project shares the exoneree, former client, and dear friend John Brown passed away due to natural  causes. John served over 28 years for a crime he did not commit after investigators and prosecutors hid and manufactured evidence, with racial malice, to convict John and his two also innocent Black co-defendants. John's conviction was overturned, and he came home in 2018 while the state of Arkansas appealed that court's ruling. He was ultimately exonerated, and all charges dropped in September of this year.

John was family, and he considered MIP family, too. He often called to check in with us and made sure that we  knew we were loved. Although he endured much in his life, he was quick to remind us that he was "blessed, as you are." MIP staff last spoke with him on Christmas day, when he asked that we make sure the whole MIP family knows how much you changed his life and others.

While John was no longer incarcerated, his death was still the result of his unjust conviction as he ultimately succumbed to congestive heart failure that resulted from years of untreated high blood pressure while he was in prison. In the time that we knew him, even when he was incarcerated, he would remind us that if anything ever happened to him, to know he is okay and is with God.

Please consider donating to John's GoFundMe as his family makes arrangements.

For now, we are holding John and his family in our hearts, as he always held us in his.

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 10 d
  • Debra Williams Edward 
    • $25 
    • 10 d
  • Janetta Wendelboe 
    • $25 
    • 10 d
  • Crystal Holmes 
    • $60 
    • 10 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 10 d
See all

Organizer

Adriane Brown 
Organizer
North Las Vegas, NV
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