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Grant Williams To Be Awarded $25 Million For Being Wrongfully Convicted In 1996 For 25 Years 

Grant Williams To Be Awarded $25 Million For Being Wrongfully Convicted In 1996 For 25 Years

New York City has agreed to pay $7 million to a man who spent 23 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, Comptroller Brad Lander said Monday.

Grant Williams was exonerated last July in the 1996 shooting of Shdell Lewis outside a Staten Island public housing complex.

Williams, 51, had been paroled in 2019. After being cleared last year, he filed a notice of claim, a first step toward suing the city. The comptroller’s office has the authority to settle such claims without court action and occasionally does so, including in the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Williams’ attorney, Irving Cohen, said the city “did the right thing” by settling quickly.

“This will assist him in going forward and trying to get back on his feet,” and finally putting the ordeal behind him, Cohen said. He said the state recently settled a separate claim from Williams for $5 million. A message inquiring about the matter was left for state officials.

Lander, a Democrat, said he was pleased that the city was “able to move quickly to a fair and early resolution of this claim.” The case against Williams had rested largely on the testimony of a couple of eyewitnesses. One was a police officer who chased the gunman — and initially gave a description that didn’t match Williams.

Prosecutors at his trial also sought to suggest a connection between Williams and a baseball cap that the shooter dropped at the scene, though the hat was never tested for DNA that could have pointed to its wearer. It was emblazoned with the logo of Wu-Tang Clan. Williams had worked at the multiplatinum-selling rap group’s Staten Island studio, but his lawyer notes that there was no telling how many hometown fans might have had Wu-Tang Clan hats at the time.




No physical, forensic or digital evidence tied Williams to the crime, and some witnesses testified that he wasn’t the gunman.

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