Washoe County Commissioners vote to approve Cathy Woods settlement

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WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - Washoe County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a settlement in the amount of $3 Million dollars in a case of a former Nevada woman who spent more than three decades in prison for a 1976 murder she didn't commit.

Back in 1979, Cathy Woods was criminally charged and ultimately convicted in the murder of Michelle Mitchell in Reno.

Woods was released from prison four years ago when new DNA evidence from a cigarette butt found at the crime scene was linked to an Oregon inmate recently convicted of two California killings.

The board of commissioners approved the settlement for all claims by Woods against all Washoe County defendants.

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