LAS VEGAS (AP) — A budget committee for the Las Vegas police department is approving a $1.5 million settlement for a man imprisoned four years in Nevada based on what police admit was mishandled DNA evidence.

The Las Vegas Sun reports approval came Monday after Sheriff Doug Gillespie testified the settlement for 28-year-old Dwayne Jackson was fair and appropriate.

Jackson was convicted in a 2001 case where police say an intruder confronted a mother and her children in their Las Vegas home.

An investigation was launched last November after the DNA of a California prison inmate, Howard Grissom, matched DNA already on file as belonging to Jackson.

The probe found the 2001 DNA samples had been switched. Las Vegas police identify Grissom and Jackson as cousins.

Jackson was released from prison in 2006.


Information from: Las Vegas Sun,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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