Kansas to consider state compensation for wrongly imprisoned

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators expect to consider proposals next year to make it easier for people wrongly convicted of major crimes to win compensation from the state.

Lawmakers in both parties said they expect a debate following the release last week of 41-year-old Lamonte McIntyre in Wyandotte County.

McIntyre spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he always said he never committed. His release came on the second day of a court hearing re-examining his convictions.

The Innocence Project says Kansas is one of 18 states without a compensation law.

A Kansas Senate committee had a hearing earlier this year on a proposal to allow people to file lawsuits to collect $80,000 for every year they were wrongly imprisoned. But it took no action and called for a study.

In December 2015, Floyd Bledsoe was released after serving more than 15 years of a life sentence. The Oskaloosa man had been convicted of murder for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law.