Ryan Ferguson, the Columbia man released from prison in 2013 when his conviction was thrown out after he was jailed 10 years for murder, won an $11 million judgment in federal court Monday.
The judgment includes $1 million in legal expenses.
Ferguson had sued Columbia and Boone County along with several police officers and other officials, but only six current and former Columbia police officers remained as defendants in the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued the judgment Monday after a bench trial in Jefferson City.
Ferguson had initially sought a $100 million judgment.
Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of the 2001 murder of Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ordered his convictions for robbery and murder vacated. Charles Erickson, a friend of Ferguson who testified against him, later recanted his testimony and said it had been coerced.
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