Court awards $32,000 to wrongfully imprisoned Ashtabula man

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Court of Claims has awarded an ex-inmate about $32,000 for wrongful imprisonment after an appeals court said there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him in a drug possession case.

Terry Swalley, of Ashtabula, was charged with possessing materials to make methamphetamine and was sentenced to two years in prison beginning in 2010.

The 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals reversed Swalley’s conviction in May 2011 and ordered him released from prison.

The court said some chemical materials found weren’t directly in Swalley’s possession and others were used to treat a skin infection.

The Court of Claims awarded Swalley $31,792 last week for spending 461 days behind bars from Feb. 3, 2010 until May 9, 2011.

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