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Man To Receive $9.8M After Wrongful 28 year Jail Sentence

Author: Bright Olorungbotemi


Chester Hollman who spent 28 years in jail for a murder he didn't commit to receive $9.8 million from a federal wrongful conviction lawsuit.


     

Chester Hollman

Chester Hollman recently won $9.8 million from the city of Philadelphia.


The city and Hollman Wednesday announced the settlement federal wrongful conviction lawsuit.


The $9.8 million reflects the fact that Hollman spent 28 years in jail and prison for a 1991 murder that he was exonerated for in 2019 after a key witness admitted to falsely implicating him. Hollman was released in 2019.


Although the settlement does not include an admission of liability by the city or its employees, all involved parties are pleased to have reached this agreement and believe this result best serves the interests of justice.


"Having my freedom rightfully restored after 28 years is bittersweet, as many innocent people like myself spend decades in prison hoping and fighting simply to reveal the truth, and the few who do gain their freedom are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives," Hollman said. "There are no words to express what was taken from me, and no way to measure what I've lost, but this settlement closes out a difficult chapter in my life as my family and I now embark on a new one."


Mayor Jim Kenney called the settlement fair, but said there is no price for liberty.


"This settlement reflects not only the fact that Mr. Hollman spent 28 years incarcerated before his exoneration, but Mr. Hollman’s evident character and composure in the face of an unimaginably trying situation," he said. "My heart goes out to Mr. Hollman and his entire family."


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