NYC to pay $6.25M to man imprisoned for 25 years over killing while he was at Disney World

Associated Press

New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a 1989 New York City killing that happened while he was vacationing at Disney World.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Tuesday that settling Jonathan Fleming's claim is "in the best interest of all parties." Fleming filed notice last year that he planned to sue the city for $162 million.

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Fleming's lawyers, Paul Callan and Martin Edelman, say the settlement will let him build a new life.

Fleming was released last year after the Brooklyn district attorney's office agreed his alibi was valid.

A key eyewitness had recanted, newly found witnesses implicated someone else and prosecutors' review of authorities' files turned up documents backing Fleming's alibi.