Chester Hollman III, an innocent driver who spent 28 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of murder in Philadelphia, US, is to be awarded $9.8million.
According to reports, the man was 21 when he was charged in 1991 with killing a student in a botched robbery.
It was gathered that before the sad incident, Chester had no criminal record and worked as an armoured car driver.
In 2019, a judge ordered the then 49-year-old should be released after nearly three decades behind bars.
According to the judge, the Police and prosecutors had built their case on fabricated statements from people they coerced as witnesses.
The police had also withheld evidence that pointed to the actual perpetrators.
It was also gathered that Hollman’s tale was covered in Netflix series The Innocence Files last year, which looked at wrongful convictions.
Now, the city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay the innocent driver $9.8million, which is one of the largest wrongful-conviction settlements in its history.
Speaking about his release and the award given to him, Mr Hollman said:
“There are no words to express what was taken from me.
But this settlement closes out a difficult chapter in my life as my family and I now embark on a new one.”
Meanwhile, despite the settlement being resolved swiftly, police and city officials did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the deal.