Man Settles For $7 Million For His 28 Years In Prison

Staff Report

Wilmington, NC – After serving 28 years in prison for a crime he was convicted of, Johnny Small’s sentence was vacated by  the courts when it was revealed that evidence vital to his defense was withheld from his attorney. Now the City of Wilmington will pay him $7 million.

The city council made the announcement at Monday’s meeting. Small, then 16, was convicted for the 1989 murder of Pamela Dreher, 32, at the time of her death, and sentence to life in prison according to an article on the Starnewsonline.com website.

“We are pleased to hear that the City Council has approved this settlement and recognized the injustice that was done to Mr. Small,” said Small’s attorney, Gayle Horn of Loevy & Loevy law firm. “While no amount of money can ever compensate Mr. Small for the 28 years he spent wrongfully in prison, this settlement gives him and his family the opportunity to move forward with their lives.”

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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