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Man whose burglary conviction was overturned awarded $240K


April 15, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who spent nearly two years behind bars before his 1987 burglary conviction was reversed by the Kansas Supreme Court has been awarded nearly $240,000.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday in a news release that it will not appeal a Sedgwick County Court ruling that Bobby Harper is entitled to compensation. Harper also was granted a certificate of innocence, along with education and counseling benefits.

The attorney general's office had asked a court to reject Harper's claim because it says Harper cannot prove he's "actually innocent," as the compen...

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