- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A judge has denied compensation to a man who spent 22 years in prison before his conviction was overturned.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports (https://bit.ly/2bofqu7 ) that an appeals court on Friday upheld an earlier ruling denying 50-year-old Scotty Bartek’s petition for more than $1.1 million under Florida’s Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Compensation Act.

The law entitles wrongfully incarcerated inmates to $50,000 for each year in custody.

The judge denied Bartek’s petition, saying it was filed it too late. The law requires it to be filed within 90 days of the final order vacating a conviction.

Bartek was convicted of two counts of sexual battery against a child in 1991. He was serving a life sentence when the victim, his daughter, recanted saying she was coached by her mother, Bartek’s estranged wife.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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