NYC pays $6.4 million in overturned conviction

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 10:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A man whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 23 years in prison has settled with New York City for $6.4 million.

The office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced the settlement with David Ranta on Thursday.

In a statement on the office's website, Stringer said the claim had been settled before any litigation and it was "in the best interest of all parties."

Ranta was released last March. He had been convicted in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger during a botched robbery in February 1990.

Brooklyn prosecutors had recently concluded Ranta's prosecution in the death was fatally flawed.

One witness said a police lineup that helped convict Ranta had been rigged.

Ranta's attorney did not reply to an email seeking comment.

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