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Man wrongly convicted of murder settles lawsuit with city

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A Washington state man wrongfully convicted in 2012 of the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl has settled his lawsuit against an Illinois city.

The Daily Chronicle reports Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said Friday the city has agreed to pay Jack McCullough $350,000 to end all claims against Sycamore and its officers.

Earlier this year, a DeKalb County judge formally declared McCullough innocent in Maria Ridulph’s killing. The finding came after a prosecutor concluded evidence backed McCullough’s alibi that he had been 40 miles (64 kilometers) away when Maria disappeared.

A judge then ordered McCullough’s release after he had served four years of a life sentence

McCullough still has a lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court against 12 defendants in Illinois and Washington.

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