State settles wrongful conviction lawsuit for $11.25 million


Gov. Laura Kelly and leading lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to pay a $11.25 million settlement to Floyd Bledsoe, who spent 16 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder more than 20 years ago in Jefferson County.

With no comment after discussing the settlement with the attorney general's staff behind closed doors, the State Finance Council approved the settlement.

Republican state Rep. Troy Waymaster, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, cast the lone vote against the settlement.

He declined to discuss his reasons publicly, saying those were discussed during executive session with the State Finance . . .


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