An innocent person will get a large sum of money from the state New York After maintaining his innocence in a crime he never did.
Grant Williams Shodell Lewis was convicted in 1997 of fatal shooting on Staten Island. New York is paying him 7 7 million to spend 23 years in prison.
New York City Comptroller Brad Lander said, “While no money for Mr. Williams or his family can bring those years back, I’m glad we were able to move quickly toward a fair and preliminary settlement of this claim.”
Williams always maintained his innocence and even told the cellmates that he was innocent and would soon be on TV. “I told everyone in prison I was innocent,” he said. They say, ‘Oh Williams, everyone says that.’ I said, ‘I’m telling the truth. One day you will see me in the news, and they will say I am innocent, and today is that day. “
Despite the lack of evidence linking Williams to the murder, prosecutors were able to keep him behind bars without confession, DNA or “any significant evidence”. Police ignored all the flagrant flags, even one witness admitted that he was not a suspect.
Williams’ Alibi revealed that he was actually with the U-Tang group in the studio. At that time he was heavily involved in the music industry. His alibi has been re-examined.
In 2019, Williams was placed on parole when new evidence suggested his innocence in 2017. In July 2021, Richmond County Supreme Court convicted Williams of aggravated burglary.
The city announced Monday that Grant Williams has spent 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
“Grant Williams spent 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit,” Mr Lander said. “The initial resolution of this claim is in the best interests of all parties and city taxpayers.”