First half of expected payment.
(Columbus) -A partial judgment of nearly $380,000 to a Cleveland man wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years will be on the January 28 State Controlling Board agenda.
The Court of Claims of Ohio awarded Darrell Houston a preliminary judgment on January 10 and ordered the Controlling Board payment.
Houston was convicted by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury in January 1992 of one count of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery with firearm specifications.
The Cuyahoga County court granted his motion on November 13, 2007, for a new trial based on newly discovered evidenced and vacated all his convictions. Subsequently, the court declared Houston wrongfully imprisoned on February 12, 2012.
Mark H. Reed, clerk of the Court of Claims, said this is the first wrongful imprisonment case to be processed for half the mandated judgment total within 60 days of the individual’s release from prison. That was part of the state statute that was amended in the 128th General Assembly.
Houston will receive the balance of his restitution in one of two ways: if the parties reach a settlement and the Court of Claims approves, or if it goes to trial and the court renders judgment.
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