A district judge has ruled that a Dallas area man wrongfully imprisoned for more than two dozen years must pay his ex-wife a share of any compensation the state gives him.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Steven Charles Phillips was cleared in 2008 of a string of sex crimes committed by another man in the 1980s. He spent more than two dozen years in prison.
Phillips and his wife, Traci Tucker, divorced in 1991. She sued him after his release, arguing that she too had suffered when he was wrongfully imprisoned.
Judge Lori Hockett on Friday ruled that Tucker was due $114,000 in lost wages and an additional $39,000 for attorneys' fees and expenses.
Under state law, Texas pays ex-inmates $80,000 for every year they were wrongfully imprisoned.