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Coley awarded $2M

Seven months after being exonerated for a double murder that he was convicted of but did not commit, Craig Coley has received a payout from the state of California for nearly $2 million.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 941 on May 17 authorizing the release of $140 for each of the 13,991 days that Coley, 70, spent behind bars. SB 941 was introduced to the Legislature Jan. 29 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).
The $1.95-million payment, which is exempt from state and federal taxes, marks the largest sum issued by the state for a wrongful conviction.