Wrongful arrest victim agrees to $155K settlement

ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) — The state of Michigan will pay a Calhoun County man $155,000 after authorities arrested him for a crime he did not commit.

According to documents obtained by Target 8 through the Freedom of Information Act, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office agreed to the settlement with Billy Dean Rowe without admitting any wrongdoing.

In 2011, Billy Dean Rowe was arrested on child pornography charges and jailed for several days before authorities realized their mistake. It turned out a report by Michigan State Police Flint Post Trooper Dennis Milburn misidentified the suspect.

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