Man, insurance co. settle over wrongful conviction

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 4:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Friendship man who spent almost three years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of arson has reached an undisclosed settlement with his insurance company.

A Wisconsin State Journal report ( ) Wednesday says 44-year-old Joseph Awe is satisfied with the deal.

Awe was convicted of burning down a bar he co-owned with his wife in 2006. Experts hired by Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Co. of Coloma testified that electrical malfunction was not the cause. A fire marshal then declared the fire arson.

But on appeal, experts for the defense said the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system. A judge agreed, saying the previous investigators used a now-discredited method to reach their conclusion.

Mt. Morris attorney Terry Johnson did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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