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New York to Pay Wrongfully Imprisoned Man $6.25 Million

Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder after almost 25 years behind bars, on his way to get is first bankcard on Friday April 18, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder after almost 25 years behind bars, on his way to get is first bankcard on Friday April 18, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(USA Today) – New York City will pay $6.25 million to a man wrongfully imprisoned for 24 years for a murder he didn’t commit.

The settlement comes more than 14 months after a judge released Jonathan Fleming, 53, from prison, overturning a 1990 murder conviction and a sentence of life in prison.

“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Fleming told USA TODAY Tuesday. “On the same day I’m signing this settlement, I’m taking my mother off of life support.”

Fleming signed the settlement documents then left for the hospital to be with his ailing mother, who he said may be close to death. His mother, Patricia Fleming, 73, went into cardiac arrest two weeks ago after suffering a heart attack earlier this year, Fleming said. Fleming said doctors have told him his mother now has brain damage.

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