Man cleared in killing seeks millions from state

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being imprisoned for two decades has appealed to a Connecticut claims official for millions in compensation.

Kenneth Ireland was imprisoned at the age of 18 and released in 2009 at age 39 after DNA tests. On Tuesday, he described harrowing experiences in maximum security prison.

He's seeking $5.4 million to $8 million. The hearing was the first time a wrongful imprisonment claim went to the state claims commissioner.

Ireland described the terror he felt as a 20-year-old man heading to a Connecticut prison notorious for gang violence. When told years later that a Superior Court judge exonerated him, he said he still didn't believe he would be set free.

Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. says he doesn't know when he will announce his decision.

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