Longest Serving Incarcerated Woman is Cleared of Charges, Gets Settlement

Cathy Woods, 68, who spent 35 years in prison for a Nevada murder she didn't commit, will get a $3 million settlement in a federal lawsuit. Woods, who was a patient at a mental hospital at the time of the murder, claims former Reno detectives coerced a fabricated confession from her. She was eventually exonerated by DNA evidence taken from a cigarette butt found at the crime scene. Woods, who served the longest sentence of any woman ever wrongfully incarcerated in U.S. history, is still seeking damages under a new Nevada law that allows those wrongfully convicted up to $3.5 million in civil damages.

August 30, 2019 - 2:07pm
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