Man wrongly convicted of rape to receive more than $3M after serving 24 years

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HICKORY, NC — A man wrongly convicted of rape and kidnapping will receive more than $3 million after serving 24 years in prison.

Hickory City Council approved the payout settlement for Willie Grimes at a special meeting on Wednesday.

Grimes was  convicted back in 1988 of raping a 69-year-old Hickory woman in her apartment and sentenced to life plus 9 years.

Grimes said he was more than a mile and a half away from the crime scene at a house with friends, who all testified in court that Grimes had been with them that night.

He was released in 2012 after fingerprints and a strand of hair collected from the original crime scene did not match his.

In 2014 Grimes sued the city and other officials.

Hickory will pay more than $2 million with the city’s insurance company picking up the rest.

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