NYC has tentative deal in Central Park jogger case

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City says it has reached a settlement with five men who were falsely convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger.

The announcement was made Friday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the amount at $40 million. Stringer says that's "in the ballpark" but won't give specifics.

The deal needs approval from the comptroller and a federal judge.

Five black and Hispanic defendants were convicted in the attack on a white woman who had gone for a run in the park. They served six to 13 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out in 2002 because of evidence connecting someone else to the attack.

They sued police and prosecutors for $250 million.

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