CRIME

Men Wrongly Convicted In Central Park Jogger Case Reportedly Reach Settlement

06/19/2014 10:20 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2014
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The five men wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a female jogger in Central Park more than 25 years ago have reportedly agreed to a settlement of close to $40 million.

The New York Times reports the agreement will provide the five exonerated plaintiffs, all black and Latino, approximately $1 million for each year they were behind bars.

The settlement, first reported on Thursday by the Times, follows a high-profile campaign promise made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who pledged to reach a "swift settlement" to right the wrongs of the conviction once he took office.

In 1989, the five men -- all of whom were between 14 to 16 years of age at the time of their convictions -- were charged with the brutal rape of 28-year-old investment banker Trisha Meili.

The arrests made national headlines and punctuated racial tensions in the nation's largest city.

But in 2002, a reopening of the case discovered DNA evidence found on the victim's clothing was linked to convicted serial rapist Matias Reyes, who later confessed to the assault.

The five men soon filed a $250 million lawsuit against the city for the wrongful conviction.

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