DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The state of Michigan says it will appeal after a jury awarded $325,000 to a prison inmate who accused officials of illegally rejecting his pleas for help for chronic pain.

The state filed a notice last week in Detroit federal court. It’s too early to know the grounds for the appeal. The process will last months.

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Temujin Kensu sued many state officials, including Dr. Jeffrey Stieve, who was chief medical officer. Kensu said he failed to get shoulder surgery and other joint care, despite recommendations.

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On March 28, a jury said officials were “deliberately indifferent” to Kensu’s needs and ordered compensatory and punitive cash awards.

The 52-year-old, also known as Fred Freeman, is serving a no-parole sentence. He’s been in prison for nearly 30 years and continues to fight his murder conviction. He insists he was in the Upper Peninsula on the day that a young man was killed in a college parking lot in Port Huron in 1986. The Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school is representing him.

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