Lorinda Swain was wrongly convicted in 2002 of four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Her prosecution was based on the testimony of her son, Ronnie, who later recanted. Swain was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. Swain filed a post-conviction petition to vacate her conviction and award her a new trial that was granted in 2009. She was released on bond. For another 8 years, Lorinda experienced an emotional rollercoaster with many appeals going back and forth and the threat of her being returned to prison at any time.
WHERE ARE WE
May 2016: The Michigan Innocence Clinic persuaded the Michigan Supreme Court to review the case and the Michigan Supreme Court overruled the appeals court and ordered a new trial for Swain. On May 19, 2016, the prosecution dismissed the charges against Swain was granted.
May 2018: Lorinda agreed to a settlement against Calhoun County for $1.9 million.