Mark Denny was framed by the NYPD for rape and robbery 30 years ago. As he walks free after serving an unfair sentence, he tells his story.
According to freedom and enforcement law reports procured by The NY Post, Mark Denny claimed that he was maliciously framed by the NYPD for a crime that he never committed.
Reportedly, Denny was planning to file a lawsuit against the NYPD; to negate that a settlement was approved by the comptroller Scott Stringer who agreed to pay $9.75M.
Following that, on May 24th, Denny had to surrender his rights to sue the city and the NYPD in exchange for the settlement money.
"It was in the best interest of the city to settle pre-litigation," Stringer spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays said
At 17, Denny and three others were convicted for robbing a Brooklyn Burger King. Charges of raping an 18-year-old female employee were also levied on him. Although Denny pleaded not guilty, he was sentenced to 57 years of imprisonment in 1989.
The Innocence Project took up Denny's case after he stated that he was innocent and "framed and targeted" by dozens of NYPD detectives.
The Kings County district attorney's Conviction Review Unit found that Denny wasn't on the scene that night. He was freed in December 2017.