Man sent to prison for 22 years in deaths of mom, sister, pal sues NYC for wrongful conviction

A man who spent nearly 22 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his mother, sister and a friend has sued New York City.

Antonio Yarbough and co-defendant Sharrif Wilson were cleared by DNA evidence and released last year. Wilson died in January.

The New York Times ( ) reports that Yarbough filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. The suit doesn't ask for a specific amount.

The lawsuit says the then-18-year-old Yarbough came home in 1992 to find his mom, his 12-year-old sister and his sister's friend "tied up, stabbed and garroted with electrical cords."

The lawsuit says police coerced Wilson into a videotaped confession and had Yarbough sign his name to a written statement.

The city's Law Department said it will review the lawsuit.


Information from: The New York Times,