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Brothers get $75 million after doing 30+ years for rape and murder they didn’t commit

Jury awards wrongfully convicted Raleigh brothers, an eight-person jury awarded McCollum and Brown $31 million each in compensatory damages $75 million in federal civil rights case. 

Henry McCollum and half-brother Leon Brown spent nearly 31 years in prison for a brutal crime they did not commit. An eight-person jury awarded McCollum and Brown $31 million each in compensatory damages — $1 million for every year they spent in prison after they were wrongfully convicted, twice, of the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Red Springs. McCollum was 19 and Brown was 15 when they were arrested.

McCollum was sentenced to death, becoming the longest-serving inmate on North Carolina’s death row. Brown was sentenced to life in prison. They were sentenced for a rape and murder they didn’t commit. The brothers were coerced into confessing to Buie’s rape and murder, their defense attorneys said in 2015, when a judge vacated their convictions and they were released from prison. Governor Pat McCrory granted those pardons and they were each awarded $750,000 for the time they spent behind bars.

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ARTICLE: JENNIFER BARRETO-LEYVA

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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