A wrongfully convicted man is settling his case against New York City for $9.5 million..
Ruddy Quezada who lived through 24 years in lock up for a
fatal Brooklyn shooting he said he had no part in-- reached a deal on Thursday, according to Brooklyn Federal Court papers.
In April, Quezada settled a separate case against New York State for $4.5 million.which brings Quezada's total payout for the two decades he's lost to $14 million.
I'm very happy that this settlement will allow Ruddy to live the rest of his life in peace and comfort after the nightmare he endured,” said his attorney, David Shanies. Even $14 million can't give him back 24 years, but this is a just resolution to a very troubling case.
A Law Department spokesman said “resolving the case was in the city's best interest.”
Quezada, 55, was convicted of murder in 1993 for allegedly ordering a deadly drive-by shooting of Jose Rosado two years prior. He maintained his innocence when he was tried by Brooklyn prosecutors, under District Attorney Charles Hynes.
The case used testimony from a man named Sixto Salcedo — who went back on his word years later.