The settlement set a record for the city of Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, where Anthony Wright, who was 20 years old when the alleged crime occurred, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for a 1991 rape and murder case.
Anthony Wright was sentenced to life in prison in the US for the 1991 slaying of his neighbour, Louise Talley, 77, who was raped and repeatedly stabbed.
The conviction was reversed in 2014 after DNA evidence pointed to a former crack addict who died in a South Carolina prison.
Wright filed a federal lawsuit accusing police of writing a false confession and coercing him to sign it without reading it, and planting other evidence used to convict him.
A statement from Wright said he will never get over the years spent in prison or missing time with his mother and growing son, but he was relieved he could get on with his life.
Innocence Project, an activist group promoting DNA evidence in criminal investigations, said in a statement that Wright was the victim of poor investigation procedures by the police, who allegedly threatened to beat Wright if he wouldn’t sign a confession written by the police.
The group said Wright now 44, is the 344th DNA exoneree in the nation.