U.S. court orders $75 million in damages for two black men wrongfully sentenced to death


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In the US state of North Carolina, a court-ordered $75 million in damages to two black half-brothers wrongfully sentenced to death for raping and killing an 11-year-old girl in 1983.

U.S. court orders 75 million in damages for two black men wrongfully sentenced to death
U.S. court orders $75 million in damages for two black men wrongfully sentenced to death

In the US state of North Carolina, court-ordered brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who were wrongfully sentenced to death, to pay $1 million in damages for each year they spent in prison. In addition, $13 million in punitive damages were agreed upon.

McCollum, who was sentenced to death in 1983 for raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl, was 19 the year he was arrested and Brown was just 15.

McCollum and Brown were released in 2014 after the real culprit was exposed in the 1983 incident.

Affected by their experiences in prison and suffering from mental health problems, the brothers became in need of full-time care.

The black brothers, who were wrongfully imprisoned for 31 years and had their civil rights violated, had been fighting legal battles since 2015.

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