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Wisconsin Claims Board will hear man's case again

  • Associated Press
  • April 28, 2014 - 5:30 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The family of a Wisconsin man who died soon after he was denied compensation for a wrongful conviction plans to press his case again before the Wisconsin Claims Board.

Forest Shomberg spent six years in prison for a sexual assault before his conviction was overturned in 2009 because of new DNA evidence.

He sought $102,500 in compensation, but the board voted unanimously against his claim in 2012.

An Eau Claire court reversed the board's decision in June 2013 and ordered it to hear Shomberg's case again.

Shomberg was found dead in a parked car in Madison two months later.

He had asked for the state maximum $25,000 for his wrongful conviction and more than $77,000 for legal fees. Shomberg's family's attorney will restate his case at a board hearing Wednesday.

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