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Wrongfully Convicted Man Gets $6M After 20 Years in Prison

Miguel Roman spent more than 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

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    Wrongfully Convicted Man Gets $6M After 20 Years in Prison
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    Miguel Roman, flanked by his daughters, speaks to reporters outside of Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut, on April 2, 2009. Murder charges against Roman, who served 20 years in prison, were dropped after DNA evidence showed that he could not have been the killer of his pregnant girlfriend, 17-year-old Carmen Lopez in 1988.

    A man who served more than 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has been awarded $6 million by the state of Connecticut.

    Miguel Roman was released from prison in 2008 after DNA tests pointed to another man in the 1988 slaying of a 17-year-old girl in Hartford.

    The Hartford Courant reports Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. on Monday apologized to Roman in the award decision "for the burden that he was forced to suffer" during his imprisonment.

    Roman was sentenced to prison for 60 years after a jury convicted him in 1990 of the killing of Carmen Lopez. Roman is now 59.

    Another man, Pedro Miranda, was found guilty of the girl's murder in 2011 and is serving a life sentence.