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Goldsboro reaches $7.5M settlement with Dwayne Dail

Posted November 18, 2013 10:54 p.m. EST
Updated November 18, 2013 10:56 p.m. EST

— The city of Goldsboro has settled a lawsuit with a local man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

City spokeswoman Kim Best said Monday that Dwayne Dail will receive $7,520,000 as part of a federal lawsuit in which he claimed police were negligent in their investigation, which led to his false imprisonment.

Dail was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1987, and DNA evidence cleared him of the crime in 2007.

The city of Goldsboro will pay $2.71 million, and insurance carriers will pay $4.81 million, Best said.

"The city would like to express its sincerest apologies to Mr. Dail for the fact that the evidence was not catalogued and maintained sufficiently, which prolonged his imprisonment," Best said in a statement.

"We feel strongly that it is important to do what is necessary and within our power to rectify and address this situation," she continued. "The Goldsboro Police Department now has policies in place to absolutely ensure that these unfortunate errors will never be repeated. We wish Mr. Dail well in the future."

The state has paid Dail more than $350,000 in compensation for his wrongful incarceration.