NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was freed from prison in 2015 after spending a quarter-century in prison for an infamous tourist killing has sued New York City for wrongful imprisonment.
Johnny Hincapie filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Thursday saying that police used unconstitutional tactics to declare the high-profiled case closed.
The Colombian-born Hincapie was among a group of young men accused of fatally stabbing Utah tourist Brian Watkins in a subway station in 1990.
Hincapie was convicted in the stabbing but his conviction was overturned in 2015.
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In the lawsuit, Hincapie’s lawyer, Gabriel Harvis, said Hincapie “suffered severe emotional and mental anguish and pain as a result of being punished for crimes he did not commit.”
The city law department did not respond to a request for comment.