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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Dwayne Provience spent nearly ten years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. He sued Detroit in 2010, and just as his lawsuit was gaining momentum, the city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

"When the breaking news came in a month ago about the ... bankruptcy, right then and there I already knew my suit was about to go on hold," he said.

The lawsuit, which includes a Detroit cop accused of withholding evidence, would have likely made Provience a millionaire.

A mediation panel said the city should pay Provience $5 million. Now like other unsecured creditors, he may end up pocketing a fraction of that amount.

"It seemed like a slap in the face because when I was released, there wasn't even an apology from the City of Detroit or the police department, and for this to happen again, it's a double slap in the face," Provience said.

"If there's a hell on earth, he was in it," said attorney Wolf Mueller.

Provience and his lawyer have been fighting the case for three years now. Mueller said the bankruptcy filing may add one more.

"Dwayne recognizes that he's blessed to be out, and he's fortunate, but on the other hand, he should be compensated for the ten years of prison that he missed his kids growing up," the attorney said.

In the meantime, Provience is taking the situation in stride. He works as a physical trainer helping people with serious injuries get their lives back on track. The question is will Detroit do the same for him?

We placed several calls to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's office for comment. So far, those calls have not been returned.

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