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Woman Wrongly Imprisoned For Decades Sues State For Millions

Had Been Locked Up 35 Years For Murder

August 16, 2019 - 7:02 am

 LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - A woman who served more than three-decades behind bars after being wrongly convicted is now suing the state of Nevada.

Cathy Woods stands to collect more than three-million-dollars under a new law passed this year that allows people released from wrongful convictions to sue the state.  

Woods was imprisoned for the 1976 killing of 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell near the University of Nevada, Reno.  She wasn't released until 2014, when DNA from a cigarette butt implicated a man already locked up in Oregon.  

Woods had made a confession to the crime when she was locked up in a Louisiana psychiatric facility. The original conviction was overturned, but Woods was re-convicted after a new trial and sentenced to life.

Woods' time in prison makes her the longest-serving woman to be mistakenly locked up in U.S. history.