Man freed after being exonerated in Wis. college student's 1991 rape living in shelter, broke

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  • Updated: July 21, 2013 - 6:30 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A man who was freed this month from prison, where he was serving a 102-year sentence for a 1991 rape he didn't commit, is living in a Madison homeless shelter and doesn't have enough money to buy the medication he takes for several serious health problems.

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mrblueskyJul. 22, 13 6:45 AM

$5,000 a year, for being wrongfully committed? What a joke that is! How about $100,000 a year. Come on, you ruined the guys life! Put him through hell in prison, and then kick him in the groin by offering $13.69 a day for being in prison, where he didn't belong? The man should be a millionaire in my opinion. Come on people, could you imagine?

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ahugginkissJul. 22, 13 8:34 AM

@ mrbluesky - "At the time he was convicted, Frey was serving a lengthy prison term for an earlier Brown County sexual assault to which he had pleaded no contest." - I guess you missed this part. I do agree that there should be more compensation for being wrongfully convicted.

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railroadJul. 22, 1311:03 AM

Maybe he pleaded no contest because he knew he had no way of proving his innocence. ALOT of people take a plea when innocent because they have a public defender who cant spend any time on their case and they will be convicted no matter what so take a plea and get less time even though innocent.. HBO has a Documentary show on this .. very sad

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davehougJul. 22, 1311:27 AM

How would I want to be treated for a wrongful conviction??? Life after prison can't be put back just like before.

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ahugginkissJul. 22, 1312:41 PM

@ railroad - "Maybe he pleaded no contest because he knew he had no way of proving his innocence." - They way this was written, it indicates that he was already in prison on another, unrelated charge. The "no contest" was offered as a plea for that first conviction, at least that is how I read this article.

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romperroomJul. 27, 1310:09 AM

lots of speculation available here, but more to the story I'm sure. What was his background before his "no contest" conviction? Was he an educated and gainfully employed, positively contributing to our society when a wrong place / wrong time circumstance led to an unfortunate, wrongly processed conviction? Or was he already living on the precipice of legal trouble, unemployed, and a burden to our already over-taxed society? The story doesn't say. If the former, I say put the screws to whoever possible for legal reparations for an unjust system. If the latter, this guy may have actually benefited from free healthcare and three hots and a cot while on the inside.

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asahiblackAug. 28, 13 4:47 AM

@romperroom - You're right... the story doesn't say... The list of Frey's convictions is longer than you think and he has never been a productive member of society. Perhaps now he'll change. Only time will tell.

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