VA Compensation for Wrongly Convicted People Comes with Conditions

By: DENA POTTER - Associated Press Writer
By: DENA POTTER - Associated Press Writer

A Virginia man who spent eight years in prison for a rape he didn't commit is refusing a $226,000 state payoff, saying it comes with too many strings attached.

Victor Burnette received the settlement in August, but has refused to cash a check for the initial $45,000 payment.

The 57-year-old Richmond man is upset that under the terms of the agreement, the rest of the money will be paid out over 25 years.

He's also is upset about a stipulation that says he loses the money if he is ever convicted of a felony.

Virginia is one of 27 states that compensates the wrongly convicted for their time in prison. Most agreements come with conditions.

Advocates say the laws are too paternalistic, but lawmakers say states aren't obligated to pay anything.

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