Acquitted man files $25M lawsuit against New York state

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A man who spent some 25 years behind bars for a crime did not commit is suing New York state. (Photo: PIX11)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn man who spent a quarter of a century behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the state.

Derrick Deacon was convicted in the 1989 shooting death of teenager during a robbery in a Flatbush apartment complex.

He was freed on new evidence last year.

The 58-year-old was granted a new trial in 2012 after an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the shooter and the recantation of a separate witness.

It took a jury just nine minutes to declare Deacon not guilty.

Deacon told the New York Post that prosecutors “have to pay for every day it made me suffer behind the wall for no reason.”

A spokeswoman for the state attorney declined to comment on the lawsuit.