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Framed ex-policeman awarded $6.5 million

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CHICAGO (AP) — A former policeman who served 14 years in prison was awarded more than $6.5 million in damages Monday after a federal jury found that two FBI agents had framed him for murder and kidnapping.

Steven Manning, 54, spent eight years on death row in Illinois before his murder conviction was reversed, and several more years in prison in Missouri before charges in that state were dismissed.

He claimed in his civil suit that the agents framed him after he tried to stop working as an informant, according to his attorney, Jon Loevy.

Federal officials issued a statement saying they "respect the jury system, the work of this jury and its verdict." But they said they were "confident that the agents who were sued did not engage in any misconduct."