A Black man who was wrongly imprisoned for 23 years and was exonerated of the crime final yr has been awarded $7 million by town of New York.
In response to The Related Press, New York Metropolis has authorised a $7 million settlement to Grant Williams, who spent 23 years in jail for a homicide he had nothing to do with, Comptroller Brad Lander disclosed on Monday.
Richmond County District Legal professional Michael McMahon disclosed in July that the conviction of Williams, who served 23 years in jail for a 1996 homicide, can be vacated. Williams was exonerated for the 1996 taking pictures of Shdell Lewis outdoors a public housing advanced in Staten Island.
The 51-year-old Williams had been positioned on parole in 2019. After he was cleared final yr, he filed a discover of declare towards town.
Williams’ lawyer, Irving Cohen, stated town “did the appropriate factor” by reaching a settlement shortly.
“This can help him in going ahead and attempting to get again on his ft,” and eventually put the ordeal behind him, Cohen stated.
The case towards Williams relied closely on the phrases of a few eyewitnesses. One, a police officer who chased the gunman, initially gave an outline that didn’t match that of Williams.
Prosecutors tried to put a connection between Williams and a baseball cap that the shooter dropped on the scene that featured the Wu-Tang Clan emblem. The cap was by no means examined for DNA which will have revealed one other individual. Williams’ reference to Wu-Tang Clan was primarily based on him working at its Staten Island studio. His lawyer stated there was no telling what number of hometown followers may need had Wu-Tang Clan hats on the time.
No proof—bodily, forensic, or digital—was related to Williams. Some witnesses testified that he wasn’t the gunman.
New York State lately settled a distinct declare from Williams for $5 million.