Exoneree Fernando Bermudez will receive $4.75 million from the state of New York in compensation for the 18 years he was wrongly incarcerated for a murder he didn’t commit. According to an article in the
Los Angeles Times
, this is the largest settlement the state has ever paid for a wrongful conviction.
Bermudez was convicted of second degree murder for a shooting that took place outside of a Manhattan night club in 1991. A
federal judge reversed Bermudez’ conviction in 2009
after several witnesses recanted their testimony, saying they were coerced by police into identifying Bermudez.
In a statement Bermudez said, “”Of course, the settlement will never erase the injustice that I experienced as an innocent man in prison for 18 1/2 years. The mental and physical toll, which began 23 years ago, continues for me.”
Bermudez also has a pending civil rights lawsuit against New York City.
Bermudez has shared his experience of being wrongly convicted with audiences around the globe. You can watch a video featuring Bermudez and his family talking about the injustice they endured
If you are interested in inviting Bermudez to speak, please contact our
exoneree speakers bureau