They compensated with USD 75 million two half-brothers sentenced to death who spent more than 30 years in prison and were innocent.
A DNA test confirmed the innocence of Henry McCollum, the longest-awaiting execution in North Carolina, and his half-brother Leon Brown. He suffers from mental problems resulting from his confinement.
A North Carolina federal civil rights jury has awarded $ 75 million in intellectual disability to several African-American half-siblings after they were wrongly convicted of raping and killing an 11-year-old girl. They performed in 1983.
The eight-person jury found that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown should each receive compensatory damages of $ 31 million, $ 1 million for each year they served in prison, The News & Observer newspaper reported. The jury also awarded them punitive damages of $ 13 million.
The first jury to consider all the evidence - including the wrong ones - found Henry and Leon innocent, aggravated, and demonstrably harmed, and what the law can do to rectify the situation. Raleigh Attorney Elliott Abrams said after the trial. Abrams was part of the brothers' defense.
McCollum and Brown had been pursuing the civil case against police members since 2015, arguing that their civil rights were violated during the interrogations that led to their conviction.
Both were exonerated and released in 2014 after DNA evidence pointed to a convicted murderer. They were both teenagers when they were charged with the crime, which happened at Red Sprins in Robeson County.
Lawyers for the two men said that when the police questioned them, they frightened teenagers with low intelligence quotients and were coerced into confessing. McCollum was then 19, and Brown was 15. Both were found guilty and sentenced to death.
McCollum, who spent most of his 31 years in prison on death row, was sentenced to the longest-awaited execution in North Carolina Brown, who, according to the newspaper, is suffering from mental illness related to his imprisonment and is receiving full-time care. Needed, he saw that his sentence later turned into life, in jail.
On Friday, one of the defendants, the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, settled the case for $ 9 million. The town of Red Springs, originally named in the civil lawsuit, agreed to a $ 1 million settlement in 2017.