RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina brothers have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state, three decades after wrongful convictions in the killing an 11-year-old girl landed one on death row and the other in prison for a life sentence.
On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner J. Brad Donovan of the North Carolina Industrial Commission awarded Henry McCollum and his half brother Leon Brown $750,000 each for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment for 30 years.
Donovan says the funds will be available after a period of 15 days. That is required in case the state appeals. The state treasury can then disburse the money.
Marc Snead of the state Department of Justice says the state agrees the men should get the money.
McCollum appeared at the hearing, calm and wearing a gray suit, but Brown was not there.