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5 US Men Wrongfully Convicted for Rape & Imprisoned for Years get $40 Million Settlement



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“The Central Park Five”

Can you imagine spending years behind bars for a crime you did not commit?

Five U.S men who were wrongfully convicted for rape 24 years ago have reached a $40 million settlement with New York City,  according to NY Daily News.

The men: Kharey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam, who are of  Black and Latino descent, were arrested in 1989 amid public outrage over the savage rape of a 28-year-old woman who had been jogging in Central Park.

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The Central Park 5 during trial in 1989

Wise served almost 13 years in prison, while the others spent seven years. 

Their convictions were revoked in 2002, after career criminal Matias Reyes, confessed to the crime and DNA evidence backed up his claim. After they were freed, the men who are known as the “Central Park Five,” filed civil lawsuits against the city.

After may years spent petitioning for compensation, the city of New York has finally awarded them a $40 million settlement.

Photo Credit: The New York Times/Jim Estrin/NY Daily News


  1. Sugarplum

    June 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    What a world.

  2. mimi

    June 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    chai…there is God o!!!

  3. Me

    June 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    It’s unfortunate that this still happens but I am glad that they were eventually set free. I wonder how much will be left after the lawyers take their fees.

    It is even more unfortunate that things like this happen in Nigeria everyday and those people have no chance of walking, that is if their cases ever even gets to court.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      June 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Same thought here. I was actually reluctant to click on the post because I felt burdened by the loss of time life and opportunity stolen from these men and all innocent victims languishing in prison, trying to make sense of the “justice” that stole freedom from them. It hurts bad.

  4. nene

    June 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    soo happy for them. racial profiling..smh

  5. Uju

    June 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    It’s not enough money!!
    Nothing can restore their lost time and good name

  6. Uju

    June 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    And a written and public apology as well!!!
    They don’t get off just throwing some dollar notes in their face!

  7. pynk

    June 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Its not enough money. A public apology, then all the anguish and suffering they caused their families,the dreams and ambitions that were killed etc.

  8. The Buttery Hotness

    June 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    The Shawshank Redemption.

    24 years of their lives…locked behind bars. For a crime they did not commit.

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