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Man Gets $25K for Spending 23 Years in Prison For Murder He Didn't Commit


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man will get at least $25,000 from the state, after he spent 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

The State Claims Board approved the payment for Robert Lee Stinson. And the board agreed to ask the Legislature for an additional $90,000, to honor Stinson’s total request for $115,000.

He was convicted in 1985 of killing 62-year-old Ione Cychosz of Milwaukee a year earlier. He was freed almost 2 years ago with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at UW-Madison.

That group said it obtained a signed confession and DNA evidence showing that Moses Price Jr. actually committed the murder. Price is currently behind bars for another murder in an arson fire.

Stinson wanted $5,000 for each of the 23 years he was in prison. State law allows compensation as high as $25,000, but the claims board can ask lawmakers for more.

Stinson says he would use the money to go to college and get a criminal justice degree. His attorney, Heather Donnell, said Stinson is very happy with the board’s ruling.