Central Park Five Settle Suit with NYC
The five men who were wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a female jogger in 1989 have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City.
Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise were all charged with brutal rape of 28-year-old investment banker Trisha Meili. At the time, all five men were between 14 and 16 years of age. They were convicted in 1990.
The case of these five men caused an uproar and even led to the filming of The Central Park Five, a documentary by Ken Burns.
In 2002, the case was reopened and officials discovered DNA evidence on the victim’s clothing that was linked to convicted serial rapist Matias Reyes. Reyes eventually confessed to the assault.
Soon after, the men filed a $250 million lawsuit against the city for wrongful conviction. Since their conviction, the men have upheld their argument that they are innocent.
The agreement was reached between the city’s Law Department and each of the exonerated plaintiffs and averages around $1 million for each year of imprisonment for each. “We’ve been waiting 25 years for justice,” Salaam told the New York Times.
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