Wrongfully convicted Branford man gets $4M from state

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BRANFORD — A Connecticut man who spent more than 12 years in prison for a crime it was determined he did not commit has been awarded $4 million by the state.

Lawrence Miller Jr., who now lives in Branford, received the funds under a Connecticut law that established a mechanism to compensate those who file claims of wrongful incarceration and can validate their cases.

The New Haven Register reports that in his ruling, state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. said Miller was convicted “despite the shaky evidence” and a solid alibi.

Miller, a federal prison guard, Army veteran and former police officer, was convicted of assaulting a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy in Danbury in 1981 and sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Another man later confessed to the crime.