Minnesota man released, paid $25K after 10 years in prison

  • Updated: October 27, 2011 - 11:28 PM

A Minnesota man who served 10 years in a Wisconsin prison for a child sexual assault he didn't commit has been awarded $25,000 from the Wisconsin Claims Board.

Rommain Steven Isham of Duluth was convicted in 1990 of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy. Twenty years later, the alleged victim admitted lying about the abuse.

Isham was seeking $3.65 million, or $1,000 for each day of incarceration. However, the board can only grant a maximum of $5,000 per year up to $25,000.

The board also can recommend that the state Legislature vote to exceed the $25,000 cap in certain cases, but the board didn't do so.

The board Thursday also granted $15,000 to a Milwaukee man whose conviction on sexual assault of a child was overturned after the alleged victim recanted.

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