A Missouri man wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in 1978 and imprisoned for more than 42 years has been exonerated and released. Kevin Strickland, 62, has maintained his innocence since his arrest at age 18. He was sentenced in June 1979. Mr Strickland said outside court: “I didn’t think this day would come.” It was the longest wrongful incarceration in state history, but under Missouri law he is unlikely to receive any financial compensation. According to data from the National Registry of Exonerations, which has logged exonerations since 1989, it would also be the seventh longest wrongful sentence acknowledged in the US. A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Mr Strickland from state custody, after 15,487 days behind bars. Lawyers for the Midwest Innocence Project, who have worked for months to help free Mr Strickland, told the BBC they were “ecstatic” about the news. “We were confident any judge who saw the evidence would find Mr Strickland is innocent and that is exactly what happened,” said Midwest Innocence Project legal director Tricia Rojo Bushnell in a statement.