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Update: Wrongfully Convicted Men to Receive $10M in Settlement

· Regional News (gen 36:20) · No Comments

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After spending 17 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit, Larry Davis and Alan Northrop are being awarded over $10 million. Interesting to note, however, no word on what’s to become of the prosecutor’s office who put them in prison to begin with. MyNorthwest adds:

In 1993, a housekeeper in La Center was violently raped. Larry Davis and Alan Northrop were arrested after the victim identified them in a lineup. It would take 17 years for attorneys to convince a judge the lineup and the entire investigation, had been tainted.

Looking back, Alan Northrop says at the time he didn’t take his arrest seriously. Not until he was sitting in the courtroom, and the housekeeper took the stand.

“They can point their finger at me in a courtroom, that was devastating. I didn’t believe it,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe it went that far.”

He and Davis were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Not only is it time he’ll never get back but there are relationships that will never be the same. Northrop toldKIRO Radio’s Andrew Walsh Show earlier this year what it was like when his family was ripped away from him.

“My kids were very young. My oldest was only 4 years old. She couldn’t understand why her dad was being taken away. I had a 2-year-old, a 1-and-a-half-year-old, and of course they’re not going to understand,” he said. “Not watching my kids grow up – that’s been the most devastating. And getting to know them – they’re all grown up now and I have a 4-year-old granddaughter right now.”