PENNELLVILLE, N.Y. – A central New York man who received $7.5 million for being wrongfully imprisoned for nine years has died of lung cancer.
Jerry Gristwood tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/1Igx2zl) that his 48-year-old brother, Dan, died Saturday at a Syracuse hospital.
In May 2013, a state Court of Claims judge awarded the Pennellville resident $5.5 million for being wrongfully convicted of trying to kill his wife. In July, a state appeals court in Rochester upheld the award, which had increased to $7.5 million with interest by the time it was paid in September.
A judge found that state troopers coerced Gristwood into falsely confessing to attacking his wife with a hammer inside their suburban Syracuse home in 1996.
The real attacker came forward in 2003 and confessed.
Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com