Man wants $400,000 from the state after wrongful drug conviction

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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Gyronne Buckley said he wants the state to pay more than $400,000 after he was wrongfully convicted in 1999.

    "I lost my father ... the first year I was incarcerated," said Buckley.

    Officers said an informant, Corey Livsey bought drugs from Buckley in 1999. Livsey later testified and Buckley was sentenced to two life sentences.

    "It's the same dirty practices of trying to set up people just to get a conviction," said Mark Hampton, Buckley's attorney.

    Buckley appealed the court's decision, but the sentences were upheld. A second appeal was denied and a court lowered Buckley's sentence to nearly 60 years.

    Buckley then filed a federal petition alleging an officer on the scene the day of the drug bust lied about what he saw.

    A video surfaced which showed the informant struggling to remember key details. It is believed that police told the informant what to say on the stand. A judge released Buckley from jail in 2010.

    "They (the state) basically wanted to say that although errors on Mr. Buckley's constitutional right occurred by the state of Arkansas that he really shouldn't be awarded any compensation. Their position was that he (Buckley) probably did commit these crimes," said Hampton.

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