NYC To Pay $7M To Former Wu-Tang Clan Studio Worker Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Posted On: Jun 25, 2022   |   Posted By: Essence

By Rayna Reid · Updated May 25, 2022 Grant Williams was wrongly imprisoned for 23 years for a murder he did not commit, and now New York City will pay him $7 million. Irving Cohen, the attorney for Williams, said New York City “did the right thing...This will assist him in going forward and trying to get back on his feet.” After both parties settled, Brad Lander, New York City Comptroller, released the following statement , “While no amount of money can bring those years back for Mr. Williams or his family, I am pleased that we were able to move quickly to a fair and early resolution of this claim...The early resolution of this claim is in the best interests of all parties and city taxpayers.” The settlement closes a chapter for Williams, now 51-years-old, that began in 1996 when he was accused of killing Shdell Lewis outside a Staten Island public housing complex. Somehow, Williams was convicted by prosecutors “without a confession, a murder weapon, or ‘any significant evidence,' and police ignored a...

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