From murderer to millionaire: Exonerated Troy Willoughby hits payday

By on October 18, 2013
Troy Willoughby

Troy Willoughby

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The man once found guilty of murdering Lisa Ehlers of Jackson has received more than a million dollars from the state of Wyoming in settlement of a lawsuit brought by Troy Willoughby who spent three years in prison before being freed when his 2010 guilty verdict was overturned.

According to records released recently by officials with the State Auditor’s Office and the Wyoming Local Government Liability Pool, payments made to Willoughby totaled $1.25 million in a settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl.

Willoughby was convicted of the killing of Ehlers in early 2010 and sentenced to life in prison. Ehlers was found shot in a turnout in Hoback Canyon on June 21, 1984. An investigator on the Sublette County prosecution team came forward after the trial admitting key evidence was never disclosed to Willoughby’s defense team.

Willoughby was granted a retrial and was then acquitted. He filed a lawsuit shortly after.

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