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Wrongly convicted Madison man found dead

Wrongly convicted Madison man found dead
Posted August 19th, 2013 @ 9:38am by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A man wrongfully convicted of a 2002 sexual assault has been found dead in a car in Madison.

The family of 49-year-old Forest Shomberg says he was found dead in a car on Friday. They add he struggled with alcohol and drug addiction and suicidal thoughts after his conviction was overturned.

Shomberg spent six years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit and was exonerated based on DNA evidence in 2009.

Shomberg's death came just days after he completed a prison term for illegal possession of a firearm and just weeks after he won a battle against the state Claims Board.

On June 8, an Eau Claire County Circuit judge found that the Claims Board failed to investigate Shomberg's innocence before rejecting his compensation claim for $102,500 in December.

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