From the Daily News:
An innocent Georgia man spent 17 months on Rikers Island on robbery charges before a sharp-eyed detective noticed he was the victim of mismatched fingerprints, the Daily News has learned.
Dwight Gomas, whose life was almost destroyed by the snafu, walked away with a $145,000 settlement - and some lasting scars.
Gomas was headed to trial for a Queens jewelry store stickup when a veteran detective routinely checked his identification.
"When I looked at it, I said, 'You know what? This is a screwup; this is not his fingerprints,'" said Detective Daniel Perruzza, according to a court transcript.
"It looks similar, but 'similar' doesn't cut it in prints. It has to be an exact match," Perruzza said.