Fourteen months after being released from prison after the overturning of a 1990 murder conviction, Jonathan Fleming, now 53, is now receiving a settlement from New York City of $6.25 million for being wrongfully imprisoned for 24 years.
Fleming was charged for the August 15th, 1989 shooting of his friend, Darryl Alston in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Marcy Projects public housing. Fleming had argued that he was in Orlando at the time of the murder celebrating his son’s 9th birthday, but a jury convicted him of second-degree murder on July 20th, 1990 and the judge sentenced him to 25 to life in prison. Thanks to the diligent work of private investigators Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin, substantial evidence was found to support his alibi of being in Orlando which is what ended up helping him get released.
Fleming is also going after New York State for the wrongful imprisonment. He is seeking $25 million from them which will increase the already $85 million that the state has had to pay out since 2000 for 66 wrongful conviction lawsuits.