Gov. Scott signs bill to compensate wrongly-imprisoned William Dillon

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Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed legislation to compensate William Dillon, for nearly three decades spent in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (SB 2), pushed by Senate President Mike Haridopolos, would provide Dillon with $1.35 million, or $50,000 a year for the 27 years he spent in prison before DNA proved he was innocent in the 1981 Brevard County murder. “The dollars and cents, they may recompense for my life, but it doesn’t give me back what was taken from me,” said Dillon. “But at the same time, it’s such a joy to be here – because my life was gone.”

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