Exonerated US man gets $3.25m settlement

2016-08-26 08:24
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Raleigh — A city council has approved a $3.25m settlement for a North Carolina man who spent 24 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit.

The Hickory City Council voted on Wednesday to approve the settlement with Willie Grimes, who was sentenced in July 1989 to life for two counts of first-degree rape and nine additional years for one count of second-degree kidnapping for the assault of 69-year-old Hickory woman in 1987.

He was paroled in May 2012 after the state Innocence Inquiry Commission unanimously agreed that enough credible evidence existed to refer Grimes' case to a three-judge panel. That panel later declared that Grimes was innocent, as the now 69-year-old man had always maintained.

Grimes' attorney says he is a man of faith who will continue to live simply.

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