NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A bill to be considered by Virginia lawmakers would award nearly $3.5 million in state compensation to four Navy sailors who were wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in 1997.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that unlike previous compensation bills, this one would not prohibit the men from suing the city or employees.

Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, said that under his bill, the money would be split among the men, who became known as the "Norfolk Four:" Danial Williams, Joseph Dick, Eric Wilson and Derek Tice.

Wilson's lawyer said the money "wouldn't come close to being fair compensation," but would be a step toward justice.

DNA matched only a fifth man convicted in the case.

Outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted the four men absolute pardons in 2017.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com