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Man awarded $350,000 for wrongful imprisonment in 1987 Columbus rape case

The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio Controlling Board has approved $350,000 in compensation for a man who spent nearly four years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in 1990 of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl who was abducted from a Columbus bus stop.

Although the charges against Sean Ennis were dismissed by prosecutors 27 years ago after an appeals court overturned his conviction, he did not qualify to be declared a wrongfully imprisoned individual until a 2019 change in Ohio law.

Ennis, 57, who now resides in Union County, filed a complaint in 2020 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, seeking the wrongfully-imprisoned designation. The state attorney general’s office reached an agreement with Ennis in January, stipulating that he qualifies for the designation and making him eligible for compensation. Read more –>