- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A trial judge has stood firm on the $300,000 award to a man wrongly convicted in a 1985 murder.

James Dean was among six people wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of Helen Wilson of Beatrice.

Last month, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a $500,000 award to JoAnn Taylor, who had spent nearly 20 years in prison for Wilson’s murder. But the high court reversed Dean’s award, saying it was improperly based on the fact that he had spent less time in prison than Taylor.

Judge Daniel Bryan Jr. on Friday ruled that Dean’s $300,000 will stand. Beatrice radio station KWBE says the judge explained that the $500,000 cap set by state law for those wrongly convicted applies only if the person’s actual damages exceed $500,000.


Information from: KWBE-AM.

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