NEW YORK – The lawyer for a man wrongly convicted in the killing of a nightclub bouncer says the city and state of New York have agreed to pay his client $2.6 million.
Olmedo Hidalgo spent almost 14 years in prison before being cleared in 2005 after new evidence surfaced.
Lawyer Irving Cohen says the city will pay $2 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit and the state will pay the rest, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Hidalgo now lives in the Dominican Republic, the paper said.
Hidalgo is one of two men convicted and sent to prison for the 1990 killing of a nightclub bouncer. The other man was retried in 2007 and acquitted.
Officials from the offices of the district attorney and the New York attorney general declined to comment.