STOCKTON (AP) — A Stockton couple will be getting nearly half a half a million dollars over their arrest for a murder they didn’t commit.
The Stockton Record reports that San Joaquin County officials have agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a suit brought by Mark Lee Ewing and Heather Marie Ewing.
The Ewings were arrested after a man was stabbed to death during a brawl outside a Stockton bar in 2004.
Two members of a motorcycle gang were later arrested and eventually convicted in the case, but the Ewings ended up spending a week in jail.
County officials approved the settlement payment during a meeting Tuesday.
Earlier this year, the city of Stockton agreed to pay $550,000 to the Ewings to settle the case.
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