Pete Coones and family

File photo - Pete Coones and his family. 

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Pete Coones is officially exonerated. The Kansas State Attorney General just revealed the details.

  • Mr. Coones was granted a Certificate of Innocence.
  • Records of his conviction and arrest were ordered expunged.
  • Mr. Coones’ estate was granted total compensation of $826,301.81.

Coones' story ends in tragedy. A judge released Coones in November. He died in February from cancer.

His family released this statement:

“While no amount of money can replace the years that Pete lost, we’re grateful that the State of Kansas has finally acknowledged what we knew all along – Pete was always innocent.”

Coones served close to 13 years for a KCK double murder which turned out to be a murder-suicide.

His case exposed allegations of sloppy police work and a prosecutor who wanted to win at all costs.

Coones' case grabbed nationwide attention following his release.

He’s now the fifth Kansas prisoner to be compensated for his wrongful conviction. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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