Nevada pays $2.85M to woman wrongly imprisoned for decades
October 11, 2020
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is paying another $2.85 million to a woman who spent almost 34 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence, the state attorney general announced Monday.
Cathy Woods, now 70, also received a Certificate of Innocence in the 1976 murder of a University of Nevada, Reno student, Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement. He said the settlement was approved Friday by a state court judge in Reno.
"Ms. Woods has been declared an innocent woman and will receive compensation for the years of freedom she lost," Ford said.