Ohio court awards wrongly imprisoned inmate over $1 million

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Court of Claims has ruled that a Cleveland man once convicted and sentenced to death will receive just over $1 million from the state for falsely imprisoning him for 39 years.

The court awarded the money Thursday to 59-year-old Ricky Jackson for the more than 14,000 days he spent in prison for a murder he didn't commit. The Court of Claims filed a request with the State Controlling Board to pay Jackson $1,008,055.80.

A judge's ruling last month opened the door for Jackson and two other men wrongly imprisoned for the 1975 slaying of a businessman in Cleveland to seek state compensation.

Kwame Ajamu was released in 2003 after 27 years in prison. Wiley Bridgeman and Jackson were released in November after nearly four decades behind bars.