In­no­cent New York man to re­ceive US$6.25 mil. for 25 years in prison

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

New York author­i­ties on Tues­day agreed to pay US$ 6.25 mil­lion com­pen­sa­tion to an in­no­cent man who spent nearly 25 years lan­guish­ing in prison for a mur­der he did not com­mit.

Jonathan Flem­ing, 53, walked free in April 2014 when his con­vic­tion was over­turned by the Brook­lyn dis­trict at­tor­ney af­ter spend­ing nearly half his life be­hind bars.

He had been found guilty of the Au­gust 1989 shoot­ing of a friend de­spite be­ing with his fam­ily in Or­lando, Florida at the time of the mur­der.

“Mr. Flem­ing spent nearly half of his life be­hind bars for a crime that ev­i­dence avail­able at the time proved he could not have com­mit­ted,” said New York city comptroller Scott Stringer.

“We can­not give back the time that he served, but the city of New York can of­fer Jonathan Flem­ing this com­pen­sa­tion for the in­jus­tice that was com­mit­ted against him.”

Flem­ing went to hos­pi­tal to see his dy­ing mother af­ter sign­ing the set­tle­ment, his lawyers Paul Cal­lan and Martin Edel­man said.

“The swift set­tle­ment will en­able Jonathan and his fam­ily to build a new life with­out the painful and costly prospect of fur­ther lit­i­ga­tion,” they said in a joint state­ment.

In an in­ter­view with the Guardian last year, Flem­ing said he sat on his prison bed and cried for 10 min­utes when he was told he was free.

He walked out of jail with just US$ 93 and the clothes on his back, forc­ing him to move from ho­tel to ho­tel, or stay with friends and fam­ily looked for work.

“I feel that I do de­serve to be com­pen­sated,” he told the Guardian in a video in­ter­view. “Be­cause at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, ev­ery­one sees that I am in­no­cent.”

Flem­ing had a Florida ho­tel re­ceipt dated Aug. 14, 1989 and time stamped at 9: 27 p. m., four hours be­fore Darryl Rush was killed in Brook­lyn, around 1,000 miles ( 1,600 kilo­me­ters) away.

Flem­ing’s sen­tence is one of dozens that is be­ing re- ex­am­ined by a spe­cial unit in Brook­lyn headed by a Har­vard law pro­fes­sor.

Sev­eral of the cases be­ing re­viewed were in­ves­ti­gated by re­tired po­lice de­tec­tive Louis Scar­cella, sus­pected of us­ing illegal meth­ods to frame sus­pects.

while he

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.