Greensboro to pay wrongfully convicted prisoner $6.42 million

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Photos by H. Scott Hoffmann/News & Record LaMonte Armstrong smiles Friday after a court hearing in which a judge signed his release after nearly 17 years in prison. A review by a Duke University Law School team found evidence that he likely was wrongfully convicted in a 1988 murder. (H. Scott Hoffmann News-Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — City officials agreed Friday to pay former resident LaMonte Armstrong more than $6 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from his wrongful, 17-year imprisonment for a murder he did not commit.

The Greensboro City Council unveiled the settlement Friday afternoon on the heels of a closed session to consider the proposed, $6.42 million payment to end Armstrong’s civil suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

The council approved the settlement 7-1, with Councilman Tony Wilkins casting the dissenting vote.

Greensboro taxpayers will bear $3.15 million of the cost directly and a private insurance company that covers part of the city’s liability will pay the other $3.27 million.

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