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Three improperly jailed Minnesotans may get money

ST. PAUL - A key House committee Monday approved paying three Minnesotans for time they spent in prison before they were exonerated. They would get payment under a new law that provides for the state to pay when prosecutions were wrong. Michael R...

ST. PAUL - A key House committee Monday approved paying three Minnesotans for time they spent in prison before they were exonerated.

They would get payment under a new law that provides for the state to pay when prosecutions were wrong.

Michael Ray Hansen of Northfield would get $916,828.76 after he spent nearly seven years in prison on charges he killed his infant daughter. He was released when new evidence showed injuries that caused her death may have occurred when her car seat fell from a shopping cart.

Roger Lee Olson of La Crescent spent two years in prison after wrongfully being convicted as a child rapist. His payment would be $475,000.

Koua Fong Lee of St. Paul is in line to receive $395,148.13. He was charged with vehicular homicide when his Toyota speeded up, causing a collision that killed three people. When he was in prison, it was ruled that a mechanical problem was to blame.

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The bill still faces House and Senate votes.

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