James Tillman, who was exonerated last year in Connecticut after serving 18 years for a rape he didn't commit, would be compensated in a one-time payment in the governor's proposed budget.
Tillman was at the Capitol on Wednesday as Rell presented her two-year budget plan.
"While there is no way to recapture time lost to compensate for the tragedy of injustice, I firmly believe that the state owes Mr. Tillman some form of reparation," said Rell, who received a standing ovation.
She said she is proposing a tax-free lump sum payment to help Tillman re-establish his life.
"Mr. Tillman, I apologize on behalf of the state. I thank you for your grace and dignity in dealing with this injustice and I wish you well in the next chapter of your life," Rell said. "Ladies and gentlemen, you've never met a more nice, kind, gentle man than Mr. Tillman."
Tillman said he was pleased with Rell's apology and planned to discuss the amount of the proposed payment with his lawyers.
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The amount proposed is about $27,000 for each year James Tillman served. The federal government has set the standard at $50,000 per year in exoneree compensation. Learn more about the issue in our
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