Falsely Imprisoned Va Man Awarded $1.55 Million

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A Virginia resident who was falsely imprisoned for decades will get $1.55 million from the government, according to a Tuesday report from the Free Lance-Star.

Keith Allen Harward was arrested and found guilty of the 1982 murder of Jesse Perron. A DNA test later proved that Harward was innocent, leading to his release in April of 2016.

The Virginia General Assembly introduced legislation compensating Harward earlier this year, and the bill passed both state chambers, indicating overwhelming support for the bill.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the bill last week, officially ordering the state to pay Harward the amount, as long as he waives his right to seek additional damages in court.

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