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In 1984, Louisiana prosecutor Marty Stroud tried 34-year-old Glenn Ford for the armed robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman, an elderly jeweler for whom Ford did yard work.

Ford, a father of two with another child on the way, was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to death. He spent 30 years in solitary confinement on death row in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola before evidence came to light in 2013 proving his innocence.

In March of 2015, prompted by the state’s denial of any compensation to Ford for his wrongful conviction, Stroud wrote an open letter to the editor of The Shreveport Times newspaper, apologizing for his role in Ford’s prosecution, saying “my mindset was wrong and blinded me to my purpose of seeking justice, rather than obtaining a conviction of a person who I believed to be guilty.” That letter, which went viral, prompted a flurry of media attention, including a segment on “60 Minutes” and writeups in The Washington Post and The Miami Herald.

Recently, he sat down with filmmaker Gena Konstantinakos to deliver his apology directly to the camera. Unfortunately, Glenn Ford is not around to hear it. Shortly before Marty’s segment was filmed, Glenn died of lung cancer that had gone untreated during his time at Angola. Marty’s regret over the pain he caused Glenn Ford and his family permeates his daily life. He hopes others will learn from his mistakes.

Director and producer: Gena Konstantinakos
Cinematographer: Derek Weisehahn
Editor: Gena Konstantinakos
Associate producer and assistant editor: Vera Rosen-Bernstein

For Fusion:
Executive Producer: Anna Holmes
Producer: Mona Panchal