Man Served 23 Years For NYC Murder He Didn’t Commit, Gets $6.4M

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David Ranta, a man who was allegedly framed by a New York City detective and served 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, will receive 6.4 million from the City of New York in a settlement, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday, according to The New York Times.

A $150 million claim filed last year by Ranta was reportedly settled by the city comptroller’s office before a civil rights lawsuit was even filed.

Ranta was convicted in May 1991 of second-degree murder in the Feb. 8, 1990killing of a Brooklyn rabbi and was sentenced to 37-and-a-half years in prison. Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was shot in the head by a man fleeing a botched robbery.

Ranta was cleared of the conviction and released form prison in March 2013 following a review by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office which cast doubt on witness testimony and concluded detectives had mishandled aspects of the investigation.

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