Wrongfully convicted man who spent 34 years in prison gets $2 million
The Florida Attorney General's Office approved a $2 million settlement claim for a man who was wrongfully convicted in 1976.
On January 23, the Florida Department of Legal Affairs denied the request on the grounds that new evidence and the subsequent exoneration did not amount to "actual innocence."
But that ruling was overturned, with the explanation that the DLA overstepped its responsibilities in denying the claim in the first place, CBS News reported.
In March 2019, Hubert Myers and his uncle Clifford Williams were exonerated for the murder of Jeanette Williams and the attempted murder of her girlfriend, Nina Marshall. There was no physical evidence tying either man to the crime, but Marshall identified them as the shooters. They were both sentenced to life in prison, and the two men spent 43 years behind bars.
Provided claims are approved, Florida provides a minimum of $50,000 in compensation for every year a person is wrongfully imprisoned, with a maximum of $2 million. Williams was not eligible to receive compensation because he had previously been convicted of attempted arson and attempted burglary.