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Exonerated man gets $6M for 21 years behind bars

Kenneth Ireland (Hugh McQuaid file photo)
Kenneth Ireland (Hugh McQuaid file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A man wrongfully convicted of murder and rape received $6 million and an apology from Connecticut Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr.

Vance issued the $6 million award and apology to Kenneth Ireland Thursday in a decision. Ireland spent 21 years in prison before he was exonerated.

“While this decision attempts to compensate Mr. Ireland for the time that he was wrongfully [im]prisoned, no words or dollar amount will suffice to give him back the time that he lost and the misery that he endured,” Vance wrote. “I offer my sincerest apologies to Mr. Ireland for the burden that he was forced to suffer and I wish him the best of luck.

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One response to “Exonerated man gets $6M for 21 years behind bars”

  1. Inquiring Mind

    “Ireland was eventually exonerated, thanks to the Connecticut Innocence Project, which re-tested DNA evidence from the 1986 rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey. The evidence pointed to another man and Ireland was released in 2009. By then, Ireland had been behind bars a long time. He was 18 when he was arrested at work, still wearing his Subway restaurant uniform. He was 39 by the time he walked free from a courthouse in New Haven.”

    Another victory for the Innocence Project! And to Mr. Ireland, may you enjoy the money and invest wisely!

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