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Wrongly convicted, McMillan wants state to pay up

(WMC-TV) – Clark McMillan's life has been one mission after another. First he needed to prove his innocence which he eventually did. Second he wants to get all of the money he believes he deserves after spending more than 20 years behind bars.

"I deserve at least an approximate amount of $10 million or more," McMillan said Monday.

He spent 22-and-a-half-years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, the rape of a 16-year-old girl. But ten years ago, help from the Innocence Project exonerated him using DNA evidence 10 years ago.

"Right now, I'm just enjoying everything," he said after being freed in 2002. "Enjoying scenery, just enjoying the feel."

McMilllan received a settlement from the state of $832,000, but he didn't get it all. He received a $250,000 lump sum and $3,400 a month from an annuity because the Secretary of State feared unscrupulous people would prey upon McMillan.

"They got me out here asking for my money," he said. "Money that I need, that I should be entitled to without asking the government for it."

McMillan sat with a group of supporters as he spoke to Action News 5 Monday. He wants legislation changed so he can get more money, money he believes he deserves. He has gone before the legislature twice over the years.

"I'm my mother's only son," he said. "My mother lost her mind… because she knew her son didn't do this."

McMillan said he needs at least all of the money he was promised for medical bills and other expenses.

"You can't give a person enough money after you done them like that," he said.

It has taken Clark McMillan a long time to get his life together, but he is going to school now and wants to be a minister.

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