TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A former farmworker who spent 21 years in prison after he was convicted of killing his 7 children is a step closer to getting more than $1 million from the state of Florida.
The Florida House on Friday unanimously voted for a bill that would let James Richardson qualify for $50,000 for every year he spent in jail.
Richardson was convicted in 1968 of poisoning the lunch of his children with an insecticide. Authorities at the time insisted he killed his children in order to obtain a life insurance payment.
But the conviction was set aside after it was reinvestigated by then-Miami-Dade County State Attorney Janet Reno.
Legislators in 2008 passed a law that allowed people who were wrongfully incarcerated to apply for payment. But Richardson’s claim was turned down.