Gov. DeSantis approves legislation compensating Tampa man for wrongful conviction

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Gov. DeSantis approves legislation compensating Tampa man for wrongful conviction

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed legislation that compensates a Florida man for his wrongful conviction of almost 37 years, three of which were spent on Florida’s death row.

On Oct. 22, 1983, Robert DuBoise was arrested for a rape and murder that occurred the previous Aug. 18 in Tampa. On March 7, 1985, DuBoise was convicted of capital murder and attempted sexual battery.

“After the sentencing hearing the jury (unanimously) recommended life imprisonment," the court said. "The trial judge refused to abide by the recommendation and imposed a death sentence.”

On direct appeal, in a decision dated Feb. 4, 1988, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed DuBoise’s convictions but vacated DuBoise’s deat...

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