Man awarded $750K after overturned conviction
MADISON, Wis. — 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.
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