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Ayer to pay $3.1m for wrongful conviction

DNA evidence freed man after 19 years in jail

Dennis Maher spent 19 years in prison for two rapes and a sexual assault before being proved innocent by DNA evidence. Dennis Maher spent 19 years in prison for two rapes and a sexual assault before being proved innocent by DNA evidence. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2005)
By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / August 7, 2009

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Dennis Maher, who spent 19 years in prison for two rapes and a sexual assault before DNA evidence exonerated him, has reached a $3.1 million out-of-court settlement with the town of Ayer days before his federal civil rights lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial, according to his lawyer and the town administrator. (Full article: 652 words)

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