State Senate passes bill to pay wrongfully convicted man $136,000

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by Chris Patterson

MADISON -- The State of Wisconsin may end up paying Robert Stinson, a man who served 23 years in prison for a wrongful conviction, over $100,000. Stinson was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a 63-year-old woman in 1984.

The Wisconsin State Senate approved a bill, introduced by Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman, that will increase Stinson's compensation from $25,000 to $115,000. The additional $90,000 payout received bi-partisan support in the state senate. 

The State Senate passed the bill paying Stinson an additional $90,000 with a vote of 33-0. 

The bill has to be passed by the State Assembly and signed by the Governor before Stinson can expect an extra $90,000 payout.

 

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