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Tampa Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 37 Years Gets $14 Million

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A man in his 50s from the United States, who spent 37 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, has received compensation.

After spending 37 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, a man in his 50s from the U.S. received compensation.

In February, AP News reported that Robert DuBoise, 59, received $14 million in compensation from the city of Tampa, Florida.

In 1983, DuBoise, then 18, received a death sentence for the rape and murder of 19-year-old Barbara Grams. He later received a life sentence in an appeal trial in 1985.

The jury based their guilty verdict on the prosecution’s claim that bite marks found on the victim’s body matched DuBoise’s dental records.

33 years later, in 2018, Susan Friedman, DuBois’s Innocence Project attorney, started to analyze the case.

Friedman discovered that the injuries on the victim’s body were not bite marks. DNA testing confirmed that two other men were involved in the crime attributed to DuBoise. None of the DNA extracted from the victim matched DuBoise’s.

DuBoise was released in 2020 after 37 years of incarceration. He filed a lawsuit against the city of Tampa, the police officer who investigated his case, and the forensic dentist who testified that his teeth matched the bite marks on the victim. He eventually received compensation from the city council.

In an interview with AP News, DuBoise said, “I plan to buy a house. It means to me it’s finally over. I’m glad I don’t have to spend any more years of my life pursuing this.” Money, houses, cars, none of that stuff can ever restore what I lost. I don’t feel bitter about anything. I don’t want to waste my time with bitterness and pity parties,” he added.

Daniel Kim
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