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Jury awards wrongly convicted man $40M

A jury has awarded $40 million to a man who spent 16 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. Jeffrey Deskovic sued former Putnam County detective Daniel Stephens over claims he coerced a false

News 12 Staff

Oct 24, 2014, 1:46 AM

Updated 3,553 days ago

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A jury has awarded $40 million to a man who spent 16 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit.
Jeffrey Deskovic sued former Putnam County detective Daniel Stephens over claims he coerced a false confession about the 1989 rape and murder of Deskovic's Peekskill High School classmate Angela Correa.
Deskovic was later cleared of the crime after DNA evidence proved another man raped and killed Correa.
Deskovic claimed Stephens' questioning and polygraph testing broke his will and coerced him into a false confession.
Deskovic has formed a foundation to help others who have been wrongly accused.
 


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