Dutchess lawmakers approve $7.5 million settlement in Bozella case


POUGHKEEPSIE – Dewey Bozella, who spent 26 years in state prison for the 1977 burglary and murder of a 92-year-old Poughkeepsie woman, is one step closer to collecting just under $7.6 million from Dutchess County for his wrongful imprisonment.
Bozella was convicted of killing Emma Casper in Poughkeepsie, but he was exonerated and released in 2009, based on additional evidence that had never been turned over to his attorney.
Bozella, who initially sought $25 million in damages, settled with the
county for the lesser amount and on Tuesday evening, the county legislature
approved that figure.
The legislature’s resolution calls for a stipulation of settlement filed with the court and no admission of liability, fault tor wrong doing by the county.
Legislature Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Dale Borchert said the legislature’s approval must now go before the court for final approval.
“The next steps are the county will go back before the judge and hopefully the judge will decide the case is closed out,” Borchert said. 

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