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5 people wrongly convicted seek damages from Neb.

Five people wrongly convicted for a 1985 rape and murder have filed claims seeking millions of dollars from Nebraska.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Five people wrongly convicted for a 1985 rape and murder have filed claims seeking millions of dollars from Nebraska.

Four of the claims were filed Tuesday, and another was filed last week. The claims seek damages under a new state law allowing people who have been wrongly imprisoned to receive up to $500,000.

Four of the people are seeking the maximum amount but say actual damages exceed $500,000. It was unclear how much the fifth person is seeking.

Last year, DNA evidence cleared six people convicted in the death of Helen Wilson and showed that the crimes were committed by a man who died in 1992.

State Attorney General Jon Bruning has acknowledged problems in the way the case was investigated and prosecuted.

Bruning helped secure pardons for five of the six in January. The conviction of the sixth person was overturned last year.