23 Jun '11, 4am

US man who was wrongly imprisoned 18 years for murders he didn't commit to receive $1.7m compensation

DALLAS - A MAN imprisoned for nearly two decades for the murders of a grandmother and five children that he didn't commit will receive US$1.4 million (S$1.7 million) in compensation after Governor Rick Perry signed a law with a provision specifically addressing his case. Anthony Graves had been declared innocent by a special prosecutor last year in the 1992 killings of the six family members outside Houston. However, because of the wording of the order exonerating him, the 45-year-old former inmate has been unable to collect under a 2009 Texas law that gives exonerees US$80,000 for every year they spent in prison. Mr Graves said on Wednesday he's grateful to Perry, but that the money 'doesn't even come close' to making up for the time he spent in prison. 'I lost 18 years of my life,' he said. 'It wasn't like I hit the lottery.' Mr Perry, who signed the bill into law on Fri...

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