SBI Agrees To Give Former NC Death Row Inmate Alan Gell $4 Million

The State Bureau of Investigation has agreed to give almost $4 million to a former North Carolina death row inmate who sued after he spent nine years behind bars before being acquitted at a new trial.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that documents made public Thursday show the SBI agreed to the settlement with 35-year-old Alan Gell, who was sentenced in the 1995 killing of Allen Ray Jenkins of Aulander.

The settlement was made on behalf of SBI special agent Dwight Ransome, who was the lead investigator in the case. SBI Director Robin Pendergraft says Ransome now works in an administrative job and won't conduct other investigations.

Ransome declined to be interviewed.

Gell is serving a five-year prison sentence for indecent liberties for having sex with a 15-year-old girl after he was freed.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    Blind loyalty, you obviously don't know Amanda! She is a good person Grindstone! I think she should sue the SBI, btw what makes you an expert on her or her case?
  • by Grindstone Location: FL on Oct 9, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    TO HEY - Unfortunately for Officed Tyndall, Dwight Ransome didnt conduct the investigation of her charges. I do however admire your blind loyalty to her. After all, loyalty is a trait we all look for in choosing a pet.
  • by Hey Nathan on Oct 7, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    You spend time in prison for something you did not do and let see if it needs to be priority? Who cares if he blows it? The state blew how many years of his life by keeping him behind bars? Why should they (The state) be able to dictate what house he buys or car he drives? Everybody gripes about what their tax dollars are paying for, and now we have paid for a man to be in prison for how many years, and now we have to pay for him to be compensated for being innocent????? People are worried about such frivolous things and are bashing law enforcement because "their" tax dollars pay for this and "their" tax dollars pay for that! Well how does it feel for "our" tax dollars, 4 million of them to be spent on this, not to mention the money it took for the trial?? I see a deputy arrested for giving beer to a 20 year old and a man goes to prison who is innocent due to a negligent officer and where is his mugshot???? Is he going to be charged? What is the world coming too!
  • by Maybe on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    The State Bureau of Investigation has agreed to a $3.9 million settlement with former death row inmate Alan Gell to end his lawsuit accusing the SBI of fabricating evidence and obstructing justice, according to documents made public Thursday. Was he charged criminally for obstructing justice?
  • by Maybe on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Grindstone - it is obvious you make a lot of allegations - however, maybe with regards to the Pollard case maybe he found nothing and maybe he did not want to put another innocent person in jail for something they did not do.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, NC on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    Sorry about what happen to Gell. He probably would not be in jail now is the previously incident had not happen. Any time in prison has to give you low self-esteem.
  • by Hey Grindstone on Oct 4, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    You mean like the evidence that Ransome had against Gell? There's a tip for ya!
  • by Grindstone Location: FL on Oct 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    To Oh Yes: Perhaps you, like other posters, should have all the facts of her case before you place her on a pedastal and post. This case would never be prosecuted without STRONG evidence suggesting she is guilty of the crime. Just a friendly tip.
  • by Grindstone Location: FL on Oct 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    To Phil and Crazy: Maybe you guys should read today's N&O. It might help you develop a truer more educated understanding of what happened to Alan Gell at the hands of Dwight Ransome. If nothing else, perhaps it will give you cause to think before you post.
  • by Grindstone Location: FL on Oct 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    I understand a picture is being painted of this being a single isolated case of wrongdoing/incompetence. If you beleive that is untrue I urge you to read Agent Ransome's deposition he gave to the Pollard family attorney regarding the death investigation of Stacey Pollard. Were it not so sickening it could be made into a comedy.
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