Jonathan Fleming, who was cleared last year of a murder conviction after a decades-old phone receipt supporting an alibi emerged, has reached a $6.25 million settlement with New York City for years of imprisonment, the New York Times reports. The agreement, reached yesterday with City Comptroller Scott Stringer, reflects his strategy of trying to resolve wrongful-conviction cases before lawsuits are filed.
Fleming was set free last year after spending 24 years of a 25-years-to-life sentence in prison. He had been convicted of killing a rival drug dealer in 1989 in Brooklyn, but had maintained he was in Florida at the time of the murder. In 2013, a conviction-review unit of the Brooklyn district attorney examined Fleming's case. In the case file, investigators found a receipt showing that Fleming made a phone call at 9:27 p.m. in Orlando, five hours before the shooting at 2:15 the next morning, making it nearly impossible for him to have returned to Brooklyn to commit the crime.