Crime & Justice

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

Obie Anthony was released from Los Angeles County in 2011 after a judge concluded that the prosecution’s key witness lied on the witness stand.
Obie Anthony was released from Los Angeles County in 2011 after a judge concluded that the prosecution’s key witness lied on the witness stand.
Courtesy Paige Kaneb/Northern California Innocence Project

The city of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the settlement with Obie Anthony was reached last month.

Anthony, 40, was convicted with a friend in the 1994 killing of Felipe Gonzales Angeles 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.

Anthony and Reggie Cole had their convictions overturned.

Anthony and Cole sued detectives and the city for wrongful imprisonment.

The city admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.

Cole's suit is still pending.