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Assembly votes against Senate's approval of wrongful conviction compensation

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Compensation for a wrongfully convicted murder suspect has been thrown into doubt in the Wisconsin Legislature.

The Assembly did not go along Tuesday with the Senate's earlier approval of $136,000 for Robert Stinson, a Milwaukee man who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

The State Claims Board can only approve $25,000 in compensation, which it did -- and it asked the Legislature to give Stinson another $90,000.

The Senate recently approved $21,000 more than that, but the Assembly did not approve the higher figure Tuesday. It voted 96-3 in favor of the original total of $115,000, leaving the Senate to decide whether to go along with that during its only remaining meeting in the current session. 

Stinson was convicted of raping and killing a 62-year-old woman in Milwaukee in 1984. He was freed several years ago with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at UW-Madison, which obtained DNA evidence and a signed confession from another man.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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