Man, insurance co. settle over wrongful conviction
By The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Friendship man who spent almost three years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of arson has reached an undisclosed settlement with his insurance company.A Wisconsin State Journal report Wednesday says 44-year-old Joseph Awe is satisfied with the deal.Awe was convicted of burning down a bar he co-owned with his wife in 2006. Experts hired by Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Co. of Coloma testified that electrical malfunction was not the cause. A fire marshal then declared the fire arson.But on appeal, experts for the defense said the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system. A judge agreed, saying the previous investigators used a now-discredited method to reach their conclusion.Mt. Morris attorney Terry Johnson did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.
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