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POLK COUNTY (CBSMiami/NSF) – A man wrongfully convicted and imprisoned – on charges of uttering a forged instrument and grand theft – could be receiving reparations. A House Republican filed a proposal on Monday that would provide the man with $350,000.

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Proposal HB 3509 filed by Rep. Ben Albritton would compensate Clinton Treadway, who was arrested in 2005 and was released in 2012 after a circuit judge vacated the judgment and sentence.

Albritton’s bill is identical to measure SB 46 filed by Sen. Denise Grimsley.

“The Legislature acknowledges that the state’s system of justice yielded an imperfect result that had tragic consequences in this case, and … as a result of his physical confinement and the deprivation of the exercise of freedom to which all innocent citizens are entitled, Clinton Treadway suffered significant damages that are unique to him,” the bill said.

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Under the proposal, the state would pay for an annuity on behalf of Treadway.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”


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