Thaddeus Jimenez, 32, had spent nearly half his life in prison, before being exonerated and released in 2009. After being released, Jimenez then sued the city of Chicago, accusing the police of ignoring the evidence in his case, including a confession from another suspect, Juan Carlos Torres.
The Chicago man who spent 16 years in prison after being convicted of murder as a teenager, was awarded $25 million in damages after it was determined that he was wrongfully convicted.
He was awarded the huge sum after lawyers and students from the Northwestern University Bluhm Center on Wrongful Convictions and other attorneys reinvestigated Jimenez’s conviction and found that two witnesses recanted their original claims that he was the gunman. The state’s attorney’s office then agreed to reopen the case.
Jimenez is reportedly now working at a restaurant. However, last December he was convicted on drug possession charges and could be headed back to prison for up to three years.
SOURCE: CBS NEWS