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He Spent 39 Years In Prison For A Double Murder He Didn't Commit. by Opexzy: 11:00am On Feb 25, 2019
He spent 39 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit, now he is 21 million richer...

Craig Coley, 71, spent almost four decades in prison for murders he didn't commit.
Craig Coley never should have spent 39 years in prison. On this, everyone seems to agree. They also concur the 71-year-old should spend the rest of his life as a wealthy man.
Simi Valley announced Saturday it would settle a federal lawsuit, giving Coley $21 million for his almost four decades of wrongful incarceration in the 1978 murders of Rhonda Wicht and her 4-year-old son, Donald. Thirty-nine years is the longest prison term overturned in California, the city says.
"While no amount of money can make up for what happened to Mr. Coley, settling this case is the right thing to do for Mr. Coley and our community," City Manager Eric Levitt said in a statement, adding that going to trial would be costly and irresponsible.
Often, the wrongfully convicted face lengthy battles over how they should be compensated for their imprisonment as localities blame previous administrations and squabble over what monetary sum amounts to atonement.

Source: https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/02/24/us/craig-coley-simi-valley-21-million-wrongful-conviction/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F

Re: He Spent 39 Years In Prison For A Double Murder He Didn't Commit. by InfernoNig(m): 11:21am On Feb 25, 2019
Damn it.... 39yrs of his life gone. What if he had died during those year.
Re: He Spent 39 Years In Prison For A Double Murder He Didn't Commit. by uboma(m): 12:58pm On Feb 25, 2019
A whole 39 years spent behind bars for crimes he did not commit.

Thank God he lived to witness his freedom.

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