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Central Park Five Will Settle for $40 Million

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Central Park Five
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The five Black and Hispanic men wrongly convicted of beating and raping a female jogger in 1989 will receive a $40 million settlement from New York City, according to The New York Times.

The men, known as the Central Park Five, had their sentences vacated in 2002 when an investigation conducted by then-Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau uncovered DNA and other evidence linking the beating to another man, Matias Reyes. Reyes, who was already imprisoned for other crimes, confessed to the attack.

The five men filed a $250 million lawsuit against the city for false arrest, malicious prosecution, and conspiracy with a racial motivation. They have now agreed to accept the $40 million. 

The settlement will pay the men roughly $1 million for each year of imprisonment. Kharey Wise served the longest sentence at 13 years. Kevin Richardson, Anton McCray, Yusef Salaan and Raymond Santana Jr. were imprisoned for about seven years.

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