Colo. bill would pay those wrongfully convicted

DENVER - Some state lawmakers from Denver are working on a bill that would give people wrongfully convicted of crimes $60,000 for every year they served behind bars.

One of the sponsors, Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon, told The Daily Sentinel that the bill was inspired by the case of Robert Dewey. He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of murdering a Palisade woman. He was freed last year after new DNA evidence cleared him.

In 2008, Timothy Masters was released after serving 10 years for killing a Fort Collins woman. He won a $10 million settlement for his wrongful conviction.

The bill is set to be introduced this week.

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