well, depending on how you look at it, glenn proctor is either the luckiest guy on the planet or the unluckiest. according to a story in the seattle post-intelligencer, proctor, 21, “was released last week having spent 11 months in jail for the killing in which prosecutors now believe he played no part.” apparently, proctor was in the wrong place at the wrong time – and he became the wrong suspect in the shooting of 39-year-old dar’rel miller.
after spending nearly a year locked up for a crime he did not commit, proctor’s got a pretty good attitude about the whole thing, saying: “I look at it as a learning experience. I know I don’t ever want to place myself in that situation again.” the story continues:
Proctor doesn’t deny being at the transit center. He regrets being there, regrets losing a year of his life for following some people who made trouble, regrets that a woman died that day. But he insists he had no idea that an argument would end in blood and killing.
Behind bars on $1 million bail, Proctor burned through two public defenders before Zumwalt was assigned his case. His earlier attorneys, he said, tried to sell him on a plea deal — a manslaughter plea that would have shaved years off a potential sentence for the second-degree murder charge he faced — that he had no interest in.
nearly a year in jail is a long time for an innocent man. but, there are many worse stories, and few happy endings. proctor feels his time in jail made him stronger — i hope he holds on to the courage of his (non) convictions, and makes a success of his second start of adulthood.