Wrongfully imprisoned Ashtabula man settles for $30,000

Wrongfully imprisoned Ashtabula man settles for $30,000

ASHTABULA, OH (WOIO) - After doing a year and a half in jail, a wrongfully imprisoned Ohio man has been awarded more than $30,000.

Terry Swalley, of Ashtabula, was charged with possessing materials to make methamphetamine and sentenced to two years in prison.

Swalley appealed and his conviction was reversed. The court said there wasn't enough evidence to convict Swalley as some chemical materials found weren't directly in his possession and others were used to treat a skin infection.

After his conviction was overturned, Swalley filed a complaint for wrongful imprisonment, loss of income, emotional distress, and attorney fees. He was awarded $31,792 for spending 461 days behind bars from Feb. 3, 2010 until May 9, 2011.

The Court of Claims of Ohio approved the settlement on Jan. 29.

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