Man awarded $750K after overturned conviction

Man awarded $750K after overturned conviction

The government will pay more than $750,000 to a man who was imprisoned for a University of Wisconsin-Madison student’s death for 25 years before his conviction was overturned.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the award settles a civil rights lawsuit brought by Ralph Armstrong, who was convicted for the 1980 rape and murder of 19-year-old Charise Kamps.

The state of Wisconsin will pay $150,000, and the city of Madison will pay $600,000 under one of the two agreements in the suit. The amount Dane County will pay to Armstrong, specified in a separate agreement, isn’t known because the agreement wasn’t made public.

The agreement pertains to alleged misconduct by a city of Madison police detective and a state Crime Lab DNA analyst.