US man wrongly jailed for 18 years gets $1.4 mn

Washington, July 01: A US man who spent 18 years in jail for slaying six people he did not commit Thursday received $1.4 million in compensation, Xinhua reported.

Anthony Graves received the money during a private meeting with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

Graves was convicted of helping Robert Earl Carter kill a grandmother and five children in 1992. The two men were sentenced to death for the killings.

However, Carter, the only man who tied Graves to the case, admitted before his lethal injection in 1998 that Graves did not play a role in the killings.

Graves said he’s grateful for the compensation, but said that the money “doesn’t even come close” to making up for the time he spent in prison.

Graves spent two years waiting for the trial for the 1992 slayings, a dozen years on death row until an appeals court threw out his conviction, and four more years awaiting retrial that prosecutors decided they couldn’t justify, according to media reports.

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisianna, ordered a new trial for Graves in 2006.