Nebraska – County OKs Sales Tax To Pay Wrongfully Convicted

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county that owes more than $30 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder has approved a new half-cent sales tax to help pay the legal judgment.

The Gage County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 on Wednesday to impose the sales tax, which will generate an additional $1.3 million annually to cover the county’s debt.

The wrongfully convicted, known as the Beatrice Six, spent more than 70 years in prison collectively for a 1985 rape and murder in Beatrice before DNA evidence exonerated them in 2008.

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by the associated press
september 11. 2019