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A man who spent 18 years in prison for a child rape that he never committed, will be getting just over $7.5 million in a settlement with the city of Goldsboro over his arrest.
Earlier this month the city of Goldsboro said it reached the settlement with Dwayne Dail, but didn't say how much it was. Monday the city says the amount is $7,520,000, with the city's portion being $2,710,000 and insurance carriers paying the rest.
Dail's rape conviction was overturned in 2007 when DNA evidence that had been misplaced cleared him. The city said it would like to express its sincerest apologies to Dail for the fact that the evidence was not catalogued and maintained sufficiently.
The Goldsboro police department now has policies in place to ensure it doesn't happen again.
Dail was awarded $350,000 from the state for wrongful incarceration, and he later sued Goldsboro for his arrest.
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A man who spent 18 years in prison for a child rape that he never committed, has settled with the City of Goldsboro over his arrest.
Dwayne Dail's rape conviction was overturned in 2007 when DNA evidence that had been misplaced cleared the man.
Dail was awarded $350,000 from the state for wrongful incarceration, and the man later sued Goldsboro for his arrest.
In a news release today, Goldsboro apologized to Dail for evidence it says was not cataloged and maintained sufficiently. The city says it reached a settlement with Dail, in conjunction with a number of its insurance carriers. It did not say how much the settlement was, even though that is public record under North Carolina law.
Goldsboro says its police department now has policies in place "to absolutely ensure that these unfortunate errors will never be repeated."
WITN has asked the city to release the amount of the settlement.
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