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Louisville, Kentucky, Settles with Wrongly Imprisoned Man for $3.9 Million

A man who spent seven years in prison for a rape he didn?t commit will receive $3.9 million from the city of Louisville, Kentucky, according to a February 12, 2007 settlement agreement.

William Gregory, now 59, was convicted in 1993 of raping one woman and attempting to rape another. He was released from prison in 2000 after DNA analysis excluded him as the donor of hairs found in a stocking mask used by the real rapist.

Gregory claimed in a federal lawsuit that he was falsely arrested by employees of the Louisville Police Department and that he suffered years of degradation and humiliation as a result of their actions.

Gregory?s local counsel, Larry Simon, said police had tricked Gregory into participating in a one-on-one witness identification after the witness had failed to pick his photo from a picture array. Gregory was also represented by Barry Scheck at the Innocence Project.

Gregory, who is the first Kentuckian to be exonerated through DNA testing, settled with the state for $700,000 in November 2006. That settlement stemmed from claims against a state police forensic examiner who testified against him.

Asked what he would say to the real rapist if he were ever caught, Gregory answered, ?I would tell him that he owes me seven years of my life.? See: Gregory v. City of Louisville, USDC WD KY, Case No. 3:01-cv-00535-TBR.

Additional Source: The Courier-Journal

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Gregory v. City of Louisville