Kansas to pay $826K to man’s estate over wrongful conviction

A judge orders the state to pay the family of a man who died after being released from prison. He served more than 12 years in a wrongful murder conviction.


State News

June 3, 2021 - 9:12 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered Kansas to pay more than $826,000 to the estate of a man who died in February following his release from prison after serving more than 12 years over a wrongful murder conviction.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed in November by Olin “Pete” Coones only days after a Wyandotte County judge threw out his 2009 conviction for first-degree murder. The order to pay Coones’ estate came from Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson, but Gov. Laura Kelly and legislative leaders must review it.

Coones was sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 2008 death of his late father’s caregiver, Kathleen Schroll. Coones’ defense argued that she framed him for murder when she killed herself and her husband in a “Machiavellian plot”  because of investigations into how how she handled money for Coones’ father.

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