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Innocent man found dead in parked car

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A man found dead in a parked car in Madison reportedly spent six years in prison for a sexual assault he didn’t commit.

Relatives told the Wisconsin State Journal that the body of 49-year-old Forest Shomberg was discovered Friday. That was just 11 days after he left prison for firing a bullet into the ground in his front yard, after he decided at the last second not to commit suicide.

Shomberg was wrongly convicted in the sexual assault of a UW-Madison student in 2002. Authorities said the victim was pulled off a street and was groped in a violent manner before she broke free.

DNA evidence in 2009 determined that the wrong man was sent to prison.

The State Claims Board was asked to compensate Shomberg for just over $102,000. In June, a judge ruled that the Claims Board did not investigate Shomberg’s innocence before rejecting the claim.

Surviving relatives say they’ll continue to press Shomberg’s claim.