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Philadelphia To Pay $4.15M To Man Over Wrongful Conviction

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Danya Henninger
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Billy Penn
Philadelphia City Hall.

The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $4.15 million to a man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

It’s one of the largest such payouts in city history.

City officials agreed last week to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Shaurn Thomas, who was 20 when he was convicted of second-degree murder in a 1990 robbery and killing.

Thomas has said he was in custody on the day of the killing for an unrelated crime involving the attempted theft of a motorcycle.

His murder conviction was vacated in 2017.