SIMI VALLEY, CA – The city of Simi Valley, California, has reached a $ 21 million settlement with a man who has been illegitimate for nearly 40 years in the murder of his girlfriend and 4-year-old son.
Craig Kohley was released in 2017 after he was pardoned by the then governor. Jerry Brown, who reported that DNA-proofs and repeated investigations confirmed his innocence.
Officials at the Simi Valley have stated that the deal will kill long, expensive and unnecessary litigation, according to the Los Angeles Times. the money can offset what happened to Mr. Coley, the solution to this is the right thing for Mr. Coley and our community, "says Eric Levitt, city manager. The city will pay about $ 4.9 million, while the rest is expected to be paid at the expense of insurance and other sources.
The state last year approved a separate, almost 2 million dollars. He is now 71
Koli spent 39 years behind bars when he was mistakenly sentenced to death in the murder of a 24-year-old Ronda Vicht from the valley of Shimi and her son in 1978. Brown pardoned him because the court tests showed that the DNA of Coli was not on the sheet of victim that contained the DNA of an unknown man. Koli had an alibi at the time of the killings, and later investigators refuted the testimony of the eyewitness who placed him at the scene. Kaye, a lawyer representing Coley, said that the settlement offers some closure and justification for his client, although no amount of money can compensate him for the life he missed during his lifetime.
"He can now live until the end of his life, we hope that he will be really good in the future, with the security he deserves," said Kay.
Soon after Kohl had been pardoned, the judge announced it in fact The police did not arrest anyone in murders.