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SBI, insurers settle for $12M with 2 innocent men

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Bureau of Investigation says the agency and its insurers have agreed to pay more than $12 million to two men who spent a combined 31 years behind bars for crimes it was later found that they didn't commit.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/16M0Unu ) the state agreed to pay $7.85 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Floyd Brown, who was locked up for 14 years in a psychiatric hospital. Brown reached a separate agreement with Anson County authorities.

The state also agreed to pay $4.625 million to Greg Taylor, who was convicted in 1993 for murder. He spent 17 years behind bars before a three-judge panel declared him innocent in 2010, the first such exoneration by an independent innocence commission in the United States.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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