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Settlement Coming For Man Wrongly Imprisoned

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Las Vegas police oversight panel is poised to approve a $1.5 million settlement with a man who spent four years in prison after what police now say was a DNA evidence mix-up.

City and county elected officials on the Clark County Fiscal Affairs Committee are scheduled Monday to consider the agreement to compensate Dwayne Jackson for his 2001 arrest and 2003 conviction on kidnapping and robbery charges.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports it would be the largest settlement in Las Vegas police history.

Jackson was released from state prison in 2006. The error was exposed in November when records were compared in the national Combined DNA Index System database. Authorities found DNA from a California inmate matched genetic material already on file as belonging to Jackson.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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