Los Angeles to pay $8M to man wrongly convicted of murder

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Obie Anthony, center, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, talks to reporters after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Obie Anthony, right, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, is joined by his fiance Denise Merchant while talking to reporters after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )
Obie Anthony, left, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, is hugged by his fiance Denise Merchant after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )
Obie Anthony, center, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, talks to reporters after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )
Obie Anthony, left, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, talks to reporters as he is joined by his sister Yolanda Taylor after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )
Obie Anthony, center, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, talks to reporters as he is joined by family members and supporters after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Obie Anthony, left, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, is embraced by his fiance Denise Merchant, right, and a family member after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )
Obie Anthony, center, whose murder conviction was overturned after 17 years behind bars, is hugged by an unidentified woman after he was released from the prison in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer overturned Anthony's conviction on Friday after concluding that the prosecution's key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury during the 1995 murder trial. Anthony was convicted of killing a man outside a South Los Angeles brothel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, holds up a photo of Obie Anthony, who was released after 17 years in prison because of wrongful prosecution, as he called for passage of his measure to thwart or reverse wrongful criminal convictions at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. By a 45-17 vote the Assembly approved Ammianno's bill, AB885, which would allow juries in criminal cases to consider whether prosecutors intentionally withheld evidence when deliberating a verdict.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The city of Los Angeles agreed to pay $8 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

The settlement with Obie Anthony was reached last month in his lawsuit against Los Angeles Police detectives and the city for wrongful imprisonment, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Anthony, 40, and a friend were convicted and sentenced to life in prison in the 1994 killing of Felipe Gonzales Angeles during an apparently robbery attempt outside a South LA brothel.

Anthony claimed he had nothing to do with the shooting, but was convicted based on eyewitness testimony.

Lawyers later showed that a pimp who was a key witness had lied and prosecutors had not disclosed an agreement with him for a lighter sentence in exchange for his testimony.

Anthony and Reggie Cole had their convictions overturned and a judge later found Anthony factually innocent.

The two that alleged detectives concealed the discovery of bullets and shell casings found on the roof of the brothel and didn't have them tested to see if they matched bullets found at the crime scene. The bullets and shell casings were given to a Los Angeles Times reporter who was writing a book that profiled the detectives.

Ballistics tests conducted by Anthony's lawyers showed the bullets were fired from the same weapon used to kill Angeles, though a city expert said last year there was not enough evidence to show a match.

"The misconduct by police led to a miscarriage of justice and Obie spending 17 years in prison for a murder he obviously did not commit," said attorney David McLane, who represented Anthony in the civil case.

The city admitted no wrongdoing and said detectives had done nothing improper.

Anthony still has a lawsuit against Los Angeles prosecutors seeking compensation for his time in prison.

"The money will never make up for it," Anthony said.

Cole has similar lawsuits pending.

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