Alabama to pay for innocent man's imprisonment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The widow of a Montgomery man who spent more than two years in prison for a crime he did not commit has been awarded $129,000 over her husband's wrongful incarceration.

The state Committee on Compensation for the Wrongfully Incarcerated unanimously agreed on the ruling in the case of Robert "Bob" Doyle. He had been imprisoned for two years and seven months after being convicted in 1992 of abusing his daughters from his previous marriage. The convictione was overturned in early 1999.

Doyle and his wife Donna had been trying to get compensation for three years. He was released from prison in 2000 but died last year from complications with diabetes and three major heart attacks. It was discovered that a prosecutor had withheld evidence during the trial that would have proven Doyle's innocence.

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