Florida pays 1.25m to man wrongly jailed for 24 years

Florida state Thursday paid 1,250,000 dollars to a 46-year-old man wrongly convicted of several crimes who spent 24 years in jail before DNA evidence in 2006 cleared him of all wrongdoing.

Florida pays 1.25m to man wrongly jailed for 24 years
"No dollar amount can replace the time Alan lost in prison," Governor Charlie Crist said after signing a state law compensating Jerome Alan Crotzer for the time he lost.

Crotzer was sentenced to 130 years for attempted armed robbery and two rapes in 1982, when DNA evidence was unavailable at trials.

DNA tests conducted in 2006 exonerated him from the crimes and he was set free.

During his imprisonment, Crotzer earned a university degree in education and worked as a gardener, gaining a license in pest control.

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