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This article was originally published in the San Diego Union-Tribune
by: Greg Moran
March 26, 2006

Less than two years ago, Ken Marsh's daily life was largely described by numbers: the number of years spent in prison, the number of years he had left and the identification number assigned to him as a state prison inmate.

Now, there is a new number in Marsh's life: $756,900.
That is the amount of money the Rancho Peñasquitos man will be getting in a record-setting award from the state.

Late Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill granting Marsh the $756,900 as compensation for being wrongly convicted and locked up on charges of beating a child to death in 1983.

The award is the largest the state has ever given under a program that gives people who can convince a state panel they were wrongly convicted. The compensation is $100 a day for each day spent in prison.

Marsh said the bill signing is a welcome milestone in his long battle to clear his name, although he said it does not make up for all of the two decades he spent locked up.

“It's a step in the right direction,” he said. “We're glad the governor signed it and it passed through as quickly as it did.”

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