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State To Pay $337K To Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For Six Years

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Michael Coghlan
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A federal district court ordered a new trial. At a second trial in 2007, Dempsey was found not guilty of all charges.

The state of Ohio has agreed to pay $337,000 to a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for arson.

The Ohio Court of Claims on Tuesday approved the settlement between the state and Jack Dempsey, a Cleveland man who served more than 6 1/2 years after being convicted of aggravated arson and burglary in 1996.

A federal district court ordered a new trial. At a second trial in 2007, Dempsey was found not guilty of all charges.

Police had accused him of burning down a building in Cleveland, but a Cuyahoga County judge recently found that the fire actually was part of a plot to kill Dempsey, who had been drugged and left in the basement of the burning building.