MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man wrongfully convicted of homicide would get more money from the state of Wisconsin under a bill passed by the Senate.
Robert Lee Stinson was convicted in 1985 of killing a Milwaukee woman. A judge freed him in 2009 after the Wisconsin Innocence Project argued bite-mark analysis and DNA evidence didn’t match evidence from the scene.
The state Claims Board in 2010 gave Stinson $25,000, which is the maximum allowed under state law. But is also recommended the state give him another $90,000.
The Senate passed a bill in November that would give Stinson $136,000. The Assembly scaled that back to $90,000 in March. The Senate approved the $90,000 payment on a unanimous vote Tuesday.
The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.