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Rhode Island Wrongful Conviction Nets Detective over $600,000

A former Rhode Island detective who was wrongfully convicted and served more than six years in prison for a murder he did not commit, was paid $600,000 to settle two lawsuits.

Jeffrey Scott Hornoff was a Warwick, Rhode Island detective who was convicted of the 1989 murder of Victoria Cushman. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and served more than six years before another man confessed to the crime.

In 2005, Hornoff sued the City of Warwick, the Rhode Island State Police and two state troopers, alleging that his arrest and incarceration was the result of a flawed investigation.

The City agreed to settle for $600,000 and a work-related disability pension. However, Hornoff's claims against the State defendants continued, because the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office refused to settle, according to Mike Healey, a spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Lynch.


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