NEW YORK – Officials say a man has accepted a $6 million settlement in a federal lawsuit he filed after spending 24 years in prison for a 1989 New York City slaying before being retried and acquitted.
The New York Daily News reported (http://nydn.us/2euKdVW ) Tuesday that the city says it determined the settlement with Derrick Deacon was fair and in its best interests.
Deacon was convicted in the shooting death of a teenager during a robbery in a Queens apartment complex. He was acquitted in a 2013 retrial after a witness recanted and an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the shooter.
Deacon's lawyer, Glenn Garber, says the settlement is "some level of redemption and compensation" for his client's suffering.
Deacon also received $3.9 million in a settlement with the state.
Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com