A US prisoner, Ricky Jackson will receive around $1m from Ohio after spending 39 years in jail for a murder he did not commit and for his wrongful imprisonment.
Jackson who was freed last year was amazed saying, “wow, wow, wow, that’s fantastic, man,” while he learnt of the payment from a journalist.
“I don’t even know what to say. This is going to mean so much.”
Mr Jackson, 58, who left his jail last November, was one of three men sent to death row in 1975 after being convicted of aggravated murder in the slaying of a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland.
Prosecutors at the time relied on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy to convict Mr Jackson and two brothers who were his best friends, Wiley Bridgeman and Ronnie Bridgeman.
The boy, Eddie Vernon, recounted his testimony years later, and told authorities he had never actually witnessed the crime. There was no other evidence linking Mr Jackson to the killing.
The Court of Claims ordered the state of Ohio to pay Mr Jackson $1,008,055 (£677,000) for the nearly 39 years he spent in state prison.
Wiley Bridgeman and Ronnie Bridgeman, who now goes by the name of Kwame Ajamu, have not received any compensation yet.