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Gov. Walker signs bill increasing compensation to wrongly convicted suspect

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has agreed to have state taxpayers give more compensation to a wrongly convicted murder suspect from Milwaukee.

The Republican Walker signed a bill Tuesday that increases Robert Stinson's total compensation to $115,000. Stinson spent 23 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

The State Claims Board approved its maximum of $25,000, and it urged the Legislature to grant more. Lawmakers approved an extra $90,000 for Stinson, whose murder conviction for killing a Milwaukee woman in 1984 was overturned a quarter-century later.

Also Tuesday, the Claims Board awarded $25,000 to Joseph Frey. He spent eight years behind bars, after being wrongfully convicted for a 1991 sexual assault in Oshkosh.

The panel also granted $7,600 to Robin Gavinski of Lake Mills, after state officials miscalculated a pair of sentences which caused him to spend an extra 417 days in prison.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)