DNA tests have cleared a Florida man after he spent 35 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. James Bain was sentenced in 1974 of raping and killing a nine-year-old boy. Bain made numerous petitions for DNA testing, but none were granted until the Florida Innocence Project got involved. The key evidence against Bain at trial was the victim’s eyewitness identification, although Bain maintained he was at home watching TV with his sister.
Bain has served the most time of any individual who has been exonerated by DNA tests. Under a recently passed Florida law, inmates who are found innocent are automatically granted $50,000 per year for each year they spend in prison–entitling Bain to $1.75 million dollars.