LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Timothy Cole now has a piece of legislation named after him.
The bill, passed by the Texas House Friday, is called the 'Tim Cole Act' and it boosts the compensation of those wrongfully convicted and sent to prison. The bill raises the payout from $50,000 to $80,000 per year of confinement.
According to the Innocence Project, DNA has exonerated 38 wrongly convicted people in Texas - the highest number in the nation. Timothy Cole died in prison in 1999 while serving time for the rape of a Texas Tech student. DNA later showed he was innocent.
Cole was exonerated for that crime earlier this month.
Timothy Cole Exonerated 24 Years Later
For nearly 24 years the Cole family has maintained innocence and Friday an Austin District Court agreed. Timothy Cole was convicted in 1986 of raping a Texas Tech student and sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he later died.