Oklahoma agrees to pay wrongly convicted man $175,000
May 14, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma will pay $175,000 to a man wrongly convicted of rape more than 30 years ago.
The Oklahoman reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2rfq3WV ) that a judge approved the settlement of the claim filed by 57-year-old Thomas Webb III.
Webb was convicted in 1983 of raping a University of Oklahoma student and spent 13 years in prison before DNA evidence proved his innocence. He was released in 1996.
A 2003 state law allows payments to those wrongly convicted, but authorities said then it didn't apply retroactively and denied Webb's application.