Man awar­ded $6M

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA - A Brook­lyn man who spent mo­re than 24 ye­ars in pri­son for a mur­der con­vic­ti­on that was la­ter thrown out by an ap­peals court has ac­cep­ted the ci­ty’s of­fer of $6 mil­li­on to sett­le his fe­deral law­s­uit, the Dai­ly News has lear­ned.

Der­rick De­a­con was re-tried for the mur­der in 2013 by the of­fi­ce of then-Brook­lyn Dis­trict At­tor­ney Char­les Hy­nes, and the ju­ry ac­quit­ted him af­ter de­li­be­ra­ting me­re­ly ni­ne mi­nu­tes.

“Ba­sed upon new­ly dis­co­ver­ed evi­den­ce which im­pli­ca­ted ano­ther man as the ac­tu­al kil­ler, the court va­ca­ted Mr. De­a­con’s con­vic­ti­on and gran­ted him a new tri­al,” Ni­cho­las Paoluc­ci, a spo­kes­man for the ci­ty Law De­part­ment said in a sta­te­ment.

“We ha­ve de­ter­mi­ned that a sett­le­ment of this ci­vil suit is fair and in the best in­te­rests of the Ci­ty.”

De­a­con, 61, was con­vic­ted of rob­bing and kil­ling Antho­ny Wynn in April 1989 in­si­de an East Flat­bush buil­ding. A key eye­wit­ness who poc­keted a $1,000 Cri­mestop­pers re­ward from the NYPD fin­ge­red him as the mur­de­rer.

But the ca­se be­gan to un­ra­vel in 2001 when a fe­deral in­for­mant who had been a mem­ber of a vi­o­lent gang cal­l­ed the Pa­tio Crew ga­ve the feds the na­me of the re­al kil­ler. The Ap­pel­la­te Di­vi­si­on for the Se­cond De­part­ment re­ver­sed De­a­con’s con­vic­ti­on in 2013, but the D.A.’s of­fi­ce re­fu­sed to drop the ca­se against him. “The ca­se should ha­ve ne­ver been re­tried and the ac­quit­tal af­ter ni­ne mi­nu­tes was a slap in the fa­ce of the D.A.’s of­fi­ce,” his la­wy­er Glenn Gar­ber said Mon­day. “This sett­le­ment is so­me le­vel of re­demp­ti­on and com­pen­sa­ti­on for Der­rick’s suf­fe­ring.”

The ci­ty’s pay­out for the ma­li­cious pro­se­cu­ti­on suit is in ad­di­ti­on to a $3.9 mil­li­on sett­le­ment that De­a­con re­cei­ved from the sta­te for his de­ca­des of in­car­ce­ra­ti­on.

De­a­con has mo­ved to ano­ther sta­te and has star­ted se­ve­r­al bu­si­nes­ses sin­ce he was freed.


Der­rick De­a­con, 58, hugs his at­tor­ney Re­bec­ca Freed­man, at Sta­te Su­pre­me Court af­ter being ac­quit­ted. (Pho­to: ny­post)

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