Clark County borrows $10 million to pay wrongly convicted men

Clark County borrows $10 million to pay wrongly convicted men
In this March 27, 2013 photo, Alan Northrop, left, testifies before the Senate Law and Justice Committee in Olympia, Wash., as Lara Zarowsky, right, of the Innocence Project Northwest, looks on. Northrop was exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 17 years in prison for rape, and was testifying in support of a bill that would compensate those who have been wrongfully convicted. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Clark County will borrow $10 million to pay a settlement to two men who spent 17 years in prison, wrongly convicted of rape.

The Columbian reports the county settled with 57-year-old Larry Davis of Vancouver and 49-year-old Alan Northrop of Woodland to end a federal lawsuit.

County commissioners approved terms of the loan Tuesday.

The county wasn't insured in 1993 when the two were convicted of raping a woman in La Center. Later DNA testing cleared the men and their lawyers said the county was negligent because a detective failed to check out other leads in the case.