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After they were wrongfully convicted for the murder of an 11-year-old girl and subsequently forced to spend over 30 years in prison, 51-year-old Henry McCollum and his 47-year-old half-brother Leon Brown have been freed and compensated for the life-changing mistake.

The North Carolina brothers were given $750,000 each for their time spent behind bars, but if you ask us, that amount just does not make up for over 30 years of time stolen.

PEOPLE reports:

Henry McCollum, 51, and his half-brother Leon Brown, 47, were released in September 2014 after a judge overturned their convictions, citing new DNA evidence that pointed to another man in the 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie, the Associated Press reports.

After the brothers received pardons from the North Carolina governor in June, they were qualified to receive $50,000 for each year they spent in prison, with a limit of $750,000. Since the brothers spent more than 30 years in prison, they were awarded the full $750,000.

According to the site, only McCollum showed up to accept the monetary compensation. Brown suffers from mental health issues after being treated “worse than a dog” while in prison, and is currently in the hospital.

However, only McCollum turned up to accept the money as his younger brother suffers from various mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, since his imprisonment. He is currently in the hospital receiving treatment, Brown’s sister, Geraldine, told The News & Observer.

Geraldine Brown told the paper it was the ninth time her brother had been hospitalized since his release last year. “Leon was treated like a dog,” she said. “Pick him up when you want to, do whatever you want to him, drop him and just forget about him, like a dog. Actually worse than a dog.”

Patrick Megaro, a lawyer for the brothers, has filed a lawsuit against the people involved in their arrest and prosecution. “Leon was destroyed,” the suit reads. “He will never be right again.”

A cigarette butt that was recovered from the crime scene provided DNA evidence needed to exonerate McCollum, who was on death row, and Brown, who was sentenced to life.

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