Forest Shomberg spent six years in prison for the 2002 sexual assault of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student. He maintained his innocence and his conviction was overturned in 2009 based on new DNA evidence.
The state Claims Board unanimously denied Shomberg's claim in December 2012. A circuit court in Eau Claire reversed that vote and said the board needed to compensate Shomberg.
Shomberg was found dead in a car in Madison two months after the circuit court ruling.
Shomberg had asked for $102,500. The claims board on Monday announced it was awarding $97,500.