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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Man Who Spent 45 Years In Jail For Murder He Didn't Commit Gets $1.5m Compensation

 Richard Phillips, 73, has been selling the watercolours he painted in prison to help support himself since his release 
 
A man who spent as much as 45 years in prison for a crime he never committed, has been paid a whopping $1.5m in compensation. A 73-year-old Michigan man who served 45 years in jail for murder after a miscarriage of justice has won $1.5 million in state compensation. 
 
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the award to Richard Phillips, who was the longest-serving US inmate on his release last year.
 
Mr Phillips spoke exclusively to DailyMailTV in April 2018 following his release. 
 
'We have an obligation to provide compassionate compensation to these men for the harm they suffered,' Mr Nessel said in a statement.
 
Mr Phillips, a father of two who worked as a clerk typist for Crysler, was convicted in 1972, along with co-defendant Richard Palombo, for the 1971 murder of Gregory Harris.
 
But he was freed on March 28, 2018, after spending 45 years in prison.
 
The Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school learned that a co-defendant in 2010 told the parole board that Phillips had absolutely no role. 
 
'The attorney general's office made a decision to pay him every penny he's currently owed,' said Phillips' attorney, Gabi Silver.
 
'I am very happy with how things have turned out,' 
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