- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A Brooklyn man who spent a quarter of a century behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the state.

Derrick Deacon was convicted in the 1989 shooting death of teenager during a robbery in a Flatbush apartment complex.

He was freed on new evidence last year.

The 58-year-old was granted a new trial in 2012 after an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the shooter and the recantation of a separate witness.

It took a jury just nine minutes to declare Deacon not guilty.

Deacon told the New York Post (https://bit.ly/1ezR3Z5 ) that prosecutors “have to pay for every day it made me suffer behind the wall for no reason.”

A spokeswoman for the state attorney declined to comment on the lawsuit.


Information from: New York Post, https://www.nypost.com

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