The court awarded the brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who were wrongfully sentenced to death, in compensation of $ 1 million for each year they spent in prison. In addition, it was decided to pay $ 13 million in punitive damages.
McCollum, who was sentenced to death for raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in 1983, was 19 in the year he was arrested, and Brown was only 15.
McCollum and Brown were released in 2014, following the revelation of the true culprit in the 1983 incident.
The siblings, who were affected by their prison experiences and had mental health problems, became in need of full-time care.
The black brothers, who were unfairly imprisoned for 31 years and whose civil rights were violated, had been fighting for law since 2015.
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