The five men wrongfully convicted of raping and beating a woman in Central Park in 1989 have agreed to settle their lawsuit against New York City for about $40 million.
Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam, who became known as the “Central Park Five,” will each receive about a million dollars for every year they spent behind bars. Wise — who spent 13 years in prison over the case — will receive the most, making it New York’s largest settlement related to a wrongful conviction.
At the time of their arrests, they were between 14 and 16 years old, and said they were coerced into making incriminating statements to the police.The men’s statements were ruled admissible, and they were convicted in two trials in 1990, only to be exonerated through DNA and other evidence in 2002.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg fought the lawsuit brought by the men, arguing that authorities had acted in good faith in pursuing their convictions. Mayor Bill de Blasio, however, has pledged to meet a “moral obligation to right this injustice.”