A Florida man who spent 43 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit is getting $2 million for the inconvenience.
Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a bill that authorizes the payment for Clifford Williams, 76. Williams and his nephew, Nathan Myers, were convicted of the 1976 murder of Jeanette Williams and the attempted murder of Nina Marshall in Jacksonville. Despite contradicting evidence, the two were found guilty based on Marshall's testimony. Last year, the case was reopened and investigators determined Williams and Myers were innocent. They were released in March 2019.
Although Myers was given $2 million in compensation earlier this year, Williams wasn't eligible for the payment because he had a prior felony conviction on his record. The bill signed by Santos supersedes that provision in Florida law.