Despite settlement, SBI agent still on the job

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 4:18 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The State Bureau of Investigation agent remains on the job, though a confession he wrote for an illiterate suspect put an innocent man behind bars for 14 years and cost taxpayers nearly $8 million.  

The News & Observer reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/1cQMXK8 ) there's no indication that agent Mark Isley's job is in jeopardy. He currently leads the bureau's Medicaid fraud section.    

The state agreed to pay Floyd Brown $7.85 million this month to settle a lawsuit over his incarceration in a psychiatric hospital. The 49-year-old man has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. An elaborate, six-page confession Isley wrote in 1993 was the only evidence linking Brown to a murder victim.   

Isley has said he wrote out what Brown said, and Brown signed it.   

Brown's lawyers contend Isley made it up.

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