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Wrongfully convicted brothers get $75 million settlement

Henry McCollum
Posted at 1:15 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 16:24:36-04

Two Black men were awarded $75 million for being sentenced to death for a rape and murder they didn't commit.

It may be the largest settlement for a wrongful conviction in North Carolina history.

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who both have intellectual disabilities, have been behind bars for 31 years.

A jury decided each man should get $1 million for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned.

The men say police coerced them into confessing and they used fabricated evidence to back up their false claims.

This story was originally published by Eliana Moreno at Newsy.