California man cleared after 40 years in prison gets $21M

2019-02-25 05:16
Craig Coley (AP)

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The city of Simi Valley, California, has reached a $21 million settlement with a man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years in the killing of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son.

Craig Coley was released in 2017 after he was pardoned by then-governor Jerry Brown, who said DNA evidence and re-investigation proved his innocence.

The Los Angeles Times reports Simi Valley officials said on Saturday that the agreement would mitigate long, costly and unnecessary legal proceedings.

The city will pay about $4.9 million and the rest is expected to be paid by insurance and other sources.

The state last year approved a separate, nearly $2 million payment for Coley. He is 71.

Coley's lawyer says the money offers closure, though no amount can compensate for the life he missed while imprisoned.

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