KCUR News
2:53 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Settlement Closer In Soldier's Unjust Punishment

Manhattan, Kan. – A former Kansas soldier stands to receive half of the multi millions of dollars he sought after his wrongful conviction for rape 28 years ago. Eddie James Lowery served ten years in prison before DNA testing proved he did not rape an Ogden, Kansas woman.

Lowery was a Fort Riley soldier when he went to prison in 1982. He was paroled in 1991.

If those he later sued will agree, he will receive a settlement of 7 and a half million dollars. Lowery had been seeking compensation of 15 million dollars.

The defendants are Riley County, the cities of Manhattan and Ogden, the Riley County police department and law board and a collection of individuals. Lowery's lawyers contend officers who questioned him denied his requests for an attorney, gave him detailed information about the rape and then convinced him to confess.