Man gets $2.6 mn for 14 years’ false imprisonment

March 31st, 2009 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, March 31 (DPA) A 43-year-old New York man is to receive $2.6 million as compensation for spending nearly 14 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, the New York Times reported Monday.
Olmedo Hidalgo was sentenced in 1992 to 25 years in prison for the murder of a bouncer at a New York discotheque. In 2005, after an extended legal process, he was freed after an ex-drug dealer confessed to the crime.

Hidalgo’s lawyer, Irving Cohen, told the newspaper that no sum of money could make up for the unjust imprisonment. Nonetheless, Cohen said, the money would give Hidalgo a chance to restart his life.

Hidalgo has since moved to the Dominican Republic.

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