- An American man who was wrongfully imprisoned in 1991 has been released
- According to reports, he was sentenced to prison for the death of his 77-year-old neighbour
- He was released 25 years later and will be compensated with the sum of R131 415 700,00
The death of Louise Tailey had not just brought a sadness to her family and friends but also to her next door neighbour , Anthony Wright. He was accused of r*ping her and stabbing her which eventually led to her death.
Anthony who was convicted of the murder was released 25 years later as he was found innocent of the crime, and will be paid R131 415 700,00 compensation.
According to reports, the conviction was reversed in 2014 after DNA evidence pointed to a former crack addict who died in a South Carolina prison.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Wright accused the police of writing a false confession and coercing him to sign it without reading it, and planting other evidence used to convict him. He further sued them based on this.
A statement from Wright said he will never get over the years spent in prison or missing time with his mother and growing son, but he was relieved he could get on with his life.
“Although I will never get over the 25 years I spent in prison for crimes I did not commit, or missing time with my mother before she died or with my son the whole time he was growing up, I am relieved that I can now get on with my life,” he said in a statement. For the sake of my young grandchildren, I am encouraged that the City of Philadelphia will continue to take steps to make sure that what happened to me never happens to my grandchildren or any other child.”
Peter Neufeld, one of Wright’s attorneys and a founder of the Innocence Project, said: “Tony Wright, an innocent man, wrongfully charged and convicted, narrowly escaped execution when a divided jury declined to impose the death penalty. Mr. Wright maintained his innocence for 25 years and fought in the courts … to win the right to DNA testing. His steadfastness, his grace under fire, inspire us all.”
According to reports, the payments will be done in installments and does no include an admission of liability.
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