|Woman wrongly convicted gets $7.5 million|
|By Associated Press|
A woman who spent 16 years in a Missouri prison - and was just a juror's vote away from death row - for a murder she always denied will get $7.5 million in a settlement with insurers of the St. Louis suburb where the slaying took place.
Ellen Reasonover, ordered freed from prison by a federal judge in 1999 after her conviction was set aside, had sued the community of Dellwood over her wrongful conviction in the 1983 slaying of 19-year-old James Buckley during a botched robbery.
The city of Dellwood and Police Chief Dan Chapman admit no wrongdoing under the settlement of the 2001 federal lawsuit by Reasonover and her 23-year-old daughter, who was 2 when Reasonover went to prison.
In a statement, Dellwood said the city and Chapman "continue to have full confidence" in the investigation of Buckley's death, and that the city would have no further comment because other Reasonover lawsuits remain pending against other defendants.
Reasonover, who did not return a message left last Thursday at her home, told KSDK-TV last week that "I get up every morning and I look out the window, say a little prayer and look up in the sky and I say, 'Thank you, God.' I'm alive. I'm free. That's all I care about."
Reasonover, 47, said she planned to use the settlement money to care for her mother, help raise her new grandson and "maybe buy a condo or something."
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