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Maricopa County, Arizona, Settles Wrongful Imprisonment Suit For $1.4 Million

On April 6, 2005, a man falsely imprisoned for a decade on Arizona's death row settled with Maricopa County for $1.4 million.

Ray Krone, once dubbed the snaggletooth" killer, was sentenced to death in 1992 based on testimony that his bite matched a mark found on the victim. He was released in 2002 after DNA testing exonerated him. Since his release from prison Krone has had dental work done to repair his teeth.
Krone, 48, sued the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and the Phoenix Police Department in federal court claiming the wrongful conviction had resulted from prosecutorial misconduct, fraud, perjury, and police incompetence. The suit against Phoenix is still pending.

Of the $1.4 million settlement, Maricopa County will pay $722,000; insurance will pony up the rest. With the money, Krone, who lives in Pennsylvania, intends to buy some property for his parents and a home for himself.

Krone said he's glad this chapter in his life is nearing an end, though he's still dissatisfied. Material things don't make up for the simple right and wrong," he said.

Krone also noted that those responsible for his ordeal--police and prosecutorshave never apologized for what they did. We all make mistakes," he said. But you look a person in the eye, you shake their hand and you tell them you're sorry. They've never attempted to do that.

Sources: The Arizona Republic

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