Wrongfully convicted man stays at shelter

Man was freed after new DNA tests overturned conviction

Published On: Jul 21 2013 12:30:54 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A man whose conviction for a 1991 rape was overturned is staying at a Madison homeless shelter.

Joseph Frey received a 102-year sentence for the attack on a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student.

The now 54-year-old was freed this month after new DNA tests matched evidence to a man convicted of sexually assaulting two sisters in Fond du Lac but has since died.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Frey also can't afford medication for a degenerative bone disease, blood clots and other health problems.

Wisconsin Innocence Project attorney Tricia Bushnell, who helped exonerate Frey, says the state doesn't provide social services like they would for someone released on a mandatory release date.

If he's lucky, Frey will qualify for the maximum $25,000 the state can award to the wrongfully convicted.