Virginia City, Insurers Settle Suit Filed by Wrongfully Convicted Man

January 14, 2016

The city of Newport News, Virginia, and its insurers have paid $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who spent nearly 23 years in jail before a judge tossed his conviction.

The Daily Press reports that the settlement to resolve the case brought by David W. Boyce is the largest the city has paid in at least five years.

Boyce initially sought $25 million in damages in his lawsuit that accused police of withholding crucial evidence in his favor. He was imprisoned on capital murder and robbery charges before his release in early 2013.

Chief Deputy Attorney Darlene Bradberry said the city is pleased the parties were able to resolve the matter. Boyce says he and his family are “happy that all of this is finally over.”

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  • January 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm
    William P. Eskdale says:
    $2 million is not enough for 23 years of false imprisonment. Newport News got off cheap for its wrongdoing. He settled too quickly.
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