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Oct 27, 2013 3:00 PM by Tony Spehar

After unjust sentence, Colo. begins paying inmate

DENVER (AP) - A man who served 17 years in a Colorado prison for a murder he didn't commit has begun receiving money from the state under a new compensation law.

Colorado paid 52-year-old Robert Dewey $100,000 last month. He'll get that same amount every year until the state pays him nearly $1.2 million for his time in prison. Dewey is the first exonerated former inmate to begin getting compensation since the law took effect in June.

He was arrested in 1994 for the death of 19-year-old Jacie Taylor in the Western Slope town of Palisade. But new DNA tests revealed he was innocent, resulting in his release from prison last year.

The federal government and 29 states have compensation laws for people who are unjustly incarcerated.

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