State Recommends no Compensation for Inmate Held Beyond Sentencing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin corrections officials say an inmate mistakenly held in prison more than a year beyond his release date deserves no compensation.

Fifty-two-year-old Robin Gavinski is asking the Wisconsin Claims Board for more than $67,000 in compensation for lost wages for spending 417 additional days in prison beyond what his sentence for burglary and other crimes required.

WKOW-TV reports Department of Corrections assistant legal counsel Johnathan Nitt concedes state officials mistakenly calculated Gavinski's sentence, but that Gavinski had an obligation to draw attention to the error.

Gavinski's attorney Tim Kiefer says his client had no reason to question corrections officials on their calculation or the resources to investigate any possible discrepancy. Kiefer says the Department of Corrections interpreted Gavinski's sentence as consecutive time in prison, instead of concurrent.

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