Senate approves payment for wrongful conviction

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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.

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