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Assembly committee takes up bill compensating man for wrongful conviction

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man is about to get one step closer to being compensated by the state, for spending 23 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

The Assembly State Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on a bill to pay Robert Stinson at least $115,000.

He was convicted of raping and killing a Milwaukee woman in 1984, and was freed five years ago after another man confessed.

The State Claims Board approved the maximum it could allocate -- $25,000 -- and it urged lawmakers to grant more. Stinson asked for $115,000, so the proposed Assembly bill would add $90,000 to what the Claims Board okayed.

When the Senate approved the compensation a few weeks ago, West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman arranged to add another $21,000 in a last minute amendment -- for a total payment of $136,000.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)