A federal judge has signed off on a $41 million settlement for the five men who were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a Central Park jogger 24 years ago. The settlement ends a long battle with the city of NY.
From NY Daily News:
A federal court judge on Friday officially signed off on the wrongfully-convicted quintet’s $41 million settlement with the city, court records show.
The five black and Latino men were convicted and jailed 24 years ago for a brutal “wilding” attack on a Central Park jogger that rocked the city. The men, who claimed their confessions were coerced, all served their sentences when career criminal Matias Reyes confessed to the crime. His story claim was backed up by DNA evidence.
Under the deal approved by Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Kevin Richardson will get $7.125 million for their years in prison, while Korey Wise will receive $12.25 million.
The city will also pay an additional $285,000 in legal fees.
The city, however, doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the case.
“Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to be an admission by any of the defendants that they have in any manner or way violated plaintiffs’ rights,” the settlement papers say.
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