Nebraska county could pay off Beatrice 6 in next 3 years

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 3:16 PM CDT
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BEATRICE (AP) - A Nebraska county that was ordered to pay $28.1 million to people known as the Beatrice 6, who were wrongfully convicted of murder, may be able to cover the balance of the federal judgment in the next three years, much sooner than first expected.

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that Gage County officials had initially predicted that it would take nine years to pay off the legal judgment. The change in schedule came after state legislators and Gov. Pete Ricketts approved $4 million in state money this year to help the county.

Gage County made its first payment, totaling $1.9 million, in June 2019 after exhausting all of its appeals.

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