Man receives 2.6 million dollars for 14 years' false imprisonment
A 43-year-old New York man has been awarded 2.6 million dollars as compensation for spending nearly 14 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, reported the New York Times 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, reported dpa.
Hidalgo's lawyer, Irving Cohen, told the newspaper that no sum of money could make up for the unjust imprisonment. Nonetheless, said Irving, the money gives Hidalgo a chance to restart his life.
Hidalgo has since moved to the Dominican Republic.