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Board awards $25K for wrongful conviction in 1992 homicide

A man who was serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot in Tennessee is out of prison. / (MGN)
A man who was serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot in Tennessee is out of prison. / (MGN)(WVLT)
Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 1:32 PM CST
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The Wisconsin Claims Board has awarded $25,000 to a U.S. Navy veteran who spent 26 years behind bars for a homicide he didn't commit.

The board awarded the money to 48-year-old Derrick Sanders on Friday. Sanders argued he was wrongfully convicted of participating in Jason Bowie's shooting death in Milwaukee in 1992.

Sanders had asked the claims board for nearly $6 million but state law limits compensation for wrongful convictions to $25,000.

The board awarded him that amount Friday, saying it couldn't find that Sanders contributed to his own conviction.

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