- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A man who spent nine years in prison for an attempted murder he says he did not commit has won a $2.75 million settlement from New York City.

A city Law Department spokesman confirmed the settlement with Marcos Poventud on Thursday.

Poventud fought for the right to sue.

He served nine years in prison before his 2005 conviction for attempted murder and robbery was reversed on the grounds that authorities had withheld evidence from his lawyers.

Poventud pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted robbery rather than face another trial.

He was released in 2006 and filed a federal lawsuit alleging that police had violated his constitutional rights.

A judge ruled that Poventud couldn’t sue because of his guilty plea.

But an appeals court overturned that decision last year.



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