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Wrongfully Convicted CT Man Seeks Compensation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who was imprisoned 21 years for a rape and murder he didn’t commit is set to testify at a first-ever Connecticut hearing to determine how much he should be compensated.

Kenneth Ireland was jailed when he was 18 and released in 2009 at age 39, after DNA tests. He’s seeking up to $8 million.

Ireland’s lawyer says Tuesday’s hearing marks the first time a wrongful imprisonment claim is going to the state claims commissioner.

Ireland says he lost the opportunity to learn a trade, earn a living, get married and raise a family. Labeled a sex offender, Ireland said in his claim he witnessed and experienced prison violence and lost part of a finger.

Attorney General George Jepsen says he won’t object to the compensation Ireland is seeking.

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