Jury awards former gang member $22 million in wrongful conviction lawsuit

CHICAGO, Ill. – A federal jury awarded millions to a former gang member who was wrongfully convicted of two murders.

According to WLS, Nathson Fields spent 18 years in prison, including 12 of those years on death row, before he was cleared of a double murder.

The now 63-year-old was originally convicted for the 1984 murders of two rival gang members.

His conviction was recently overturned after it was revealed that the judge in the case accepted a bribe. Fields was then acquitted during a retrial.

Fields filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that two police officers framed him by withholding evidence that would have cleared his name in the case.

“I stand before you as the living proof that there’s other men in prison for things they didn’t do because of the city’s policy with the street file,” Fields said.

A federal jury just awarded Fields $22 million in the case. Attorneys for the city say they are disappointed in the decision and plan to file an appeal.