HOUSTON (AP) - The city of Houston has reached a $3.1 million settlement with a man who spent more than 17 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit.
[name withheld] was wrongly convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison on the basis of what the city now describes as a faulty analysis of DNA evidence by the city crime lab.
[name withheld] was freed on the basis of new DNA evidence in 2004. He was ineligible for state compensation, though, because the city was appealing a $5 million federal jury verdict returned in 2009.
Friday's settlement ends [name withheld]'s legal battle. Mayor Annise Parker says that "anyone with any compassion has to offer a heartfelt apology."