Residents’ property taxes in rural Nebraska could go up by thousands of dollars so the county can pay back 6 people who were falsely convicted of murdering a local woman in 1985

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  • Gage County, Nebraska will soon have to pay a total of $28 million to six people who were wrongly accused of murdering a local woman in 1985.
  • The county has been fighting the civil judgment, but last month, the US Supreme Court rejected its final appeal.
  • As a result, residents in the county may soon seen their property taxes increased by hundreds or thousands of dollars to foot the bill, The New York Times reported Monday.

Residents in rural Beatrice, Nebraska will likely see their property taxes raised by hundreds or thousands of dollars as the county struggles to come up with the money to reimburse six people who were falsely convicted of murdering local woman in 1985.

The group, known as the Beatrice Six, were exonerated of the crime a decade ago thanks to DNA evidence, and a task force later identified the real killer.

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