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Idaho State football players win settlement in false arrest lawsuit

Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox will receive $5,100 each in the settlement with Box Elder County in Utah.
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Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Utah.

OGDEN, Utah — A Utah county has agreed to pay more than $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two Idaho State University football players who say they were falsely arrested during a bank robbery investigation.

The Standard-Examiner reported Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox will receive $5,100 each in the settlement with Box Elder County.

The pair were arrested for a robbery in Idaho in December 2016. The men said they were arrested despite presenting alibis.

The lawsuit said police arrested the men based only on a witness statement saying the robber was black and used a white car.

Box Elder County attorneys could not be immediately be reached for comment.

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