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State to Pay Dail for Wrongful Incarceration

Posted January 23, 2008 2:09 p.m. EST

— The State Industrial Commission on Wednesday authorized a payment of $368,493.14 to a Goldsboro man who spent about half his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Dwayne Allen Dail, 39, was cleared last August of the 1987 rape of a 12-year-old Goldsboro girl. DNA tests run on evidence thought to be lost proved someone else committed the crime.

Gov. Mike Easley pardoned Dail in October, which allowed him to seek $20,000 a year in restitution from the state for the mistake.

An attorney with the state Department of Justice did not object to the payment in a brief hearing Wednesday morning.

Since his release from prison, Dail has moved to Florida to start a new life with his 18-year-old son. He also speaks publicly frequently about the need to protect the rights of those wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes.