Exoneree Johnnie Lindsey suing to receive full compensation

In this Tuesday, April 21, 2009 photo, Johnnie Lindsey poses for a photograph in Dallas. For nearly 26 years, Lindsey was in prison, a wrongly convicted man waiting for someone on the outside to believe in his innocence. Last year, a DNA test from a rape kit proved Lindsey innocent, and he was released. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

August 15, 2011 12:27:14 PM PDT
One of Texas' best-known wrongly convicted men is suing the state comptroller in an effort to seek full compensation for the time he spent in prison.

Johnnie Lindsey filed papers with the Texas Supreme Court on Monday claiming Comptroller Susan Combs isn't following the law by refusing to pay him for four of the nearly 26 years he spent in prison on charges of aggravated sexual assault.

The 59-year-old exoneree contends he's owed $320,000 for part of a concurrent sentence that wouldn't have been served if he hadn't been wrongly convicted.

The conviction was thrown out in 2008 after testing on a rape kit excluded Lindsey as a suspect. He was featured on the Discovery Channel series "Dallas DNA."

A spokesman for Combs said her office was preparing a statement.