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New York - Man Wrongfully Convicted Gets Record Payout From City

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New York - A man wrongfully convicted of murder is getting a record payout from the city.

The city announced yesterday that it has agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle a civil rights suit filed by 61-year-old Barry Gibbs.


Gibbs was convicted in 1988 of murdering a prostitute. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and served 19.

His conviction was thrown out in 2005 after investigators found Gibbs was framed by the lead investigator, so-called mafia cop Louis Eppolito.

A key witness admitted to being bribed and said Eppolito pressured him into identifying Gibbs as the killer.

Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa are serving life sentences after being convicted in 2006 of eight murders.

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