A former California inmate, imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, gets $2 million dollars from the state for spending 40 years in prison.
70-year-old Craig Coley was granted $140 for each day he spent in prison. He was pardoned by governor Jerry Brown after DNA evidence proved he did not murder his 24-year-old girl friend and her 4-year-old son, back in 1978 in Simi Valley.
Before his incarceration, Coley did three tours in Vietnam on an aircraft carrier. He says he plans to use the two million dollars to help homeless veterans. That payment must still be approved by state lawmakers. It’s the largest payment ever for a claim filed under the state’s erroneous conviction program.
Coley says, you can’t put a price on forty lost years.