10/22/2010 09:29 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bronx Man Awarded $18.5M In Wrongful-Conviction Suit

After spending 21 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, a city jury this week awarded a Bronx man $18.5 million.

Alan Newton was convicted in 1985 of raping and slicing the face of a woman in the Bronx.

He was released in 2006 after police eventually found the rape kit that they originally said they were unable to locate.

They say it was found once prosecutors provided a copy of the kit's original voucher.

It did not match Newton's DNA.

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