Hartford man exonerated of assault claims $1M from state

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Hartford man wrongfully imprisoned for more than four years for a sexual assault that DNA tests showed he did not commit told the state claims commissioner he missed the funerals of five family members and struggled with several illnesses while behind bars.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1FHFfgM ) that Hubert Thompson, who was released from prison in 2012, is seeking more than $1 million from the state.

The 47-year-old Thompson testified Thursday that he was infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and suffered other illnesses.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew B. Beizer says part of the time Thompson was held during his trial in state court was for a lawful imprisonment on separate federal weapons offenses.

Connecticut’s wrongful incarceration law requires claimants to establishing by a “preponderance of the evidence” that they suffered damages.


Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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