MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court says a wrongly jailed man can seek reimbursement from the state.
David Turnpaugh was convicted in 2006 of soliciting an undercover police officer for sex. He was sentenced to 60 days in the Milwaukee County jail. He spent three days behind bars and 57 on electronic monitoring.
The 1st District Court of Appeals reversed Turnpaugh’s conviction in 2007. He asked the state Claims Board for nearly $18,700 in compensation. The board denied the claim, saying he didn’t prove he was innocent or imprisoned.
The appeals court ruled on Tuesday his claim can proceed. The court stated the board’s denial makes no sense.
The board’s secretary, Greg Murray, issued a statement through a paralegal saying the board was reviewing the decision and declined comment.