- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Three men who wrongly spent four years in prison are suing the state in Spokane for more than $680,000 for the wasted time behind bars.

The men, Robert Larson, Tyler Gassman and Paul Statler, were convicted of robbery, assault and drive-by shooting in a 2008 drug-related incident.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1wZxyuZ) the conviction was based on information from a jailhouse informant who later recanted.

The lawyer for the three men, Boyd Mayo, says this will be the first prison compensation trial since the Legislature changed the law in 2013 to allow the wrongfully convicted to sue for damages.

The attorney general’s office says the recanted testimony is not enough to prove the men’s innocence.

Trial is scheduled for Jan. 26.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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