After serving a 30 year prison term for a rape and robbery he didnt commit, Mark Denny is expected to receive a settlement from the city of New York in the amount of $9.75 million. The stipulations of the settlement state that Denny will give up his right to file a potential $50 million lawsuit against the city and the NYPD.
Denny three decade long nightmare began in December 1987 when, at 17-years old Denny was accused of robbery at a Burger King in Brooklyn and rape of an 18-year old female employee. Two years later in 1989, he was convicted. Charged with rape, sodomy, robbery, and coercion charges. His sentence was to up to 57 years in prison.
Denny, who has always maintained his innocence, was finally exonerated in December 2017. After an investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office determined that he did not commit the crime. The Innocence Project reached out to the Kings County District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit, which further proved that Denny wasn’t at Burger King at the time of the incident.
In March 2018, Denny filed a “notice of claim” alleging that he was “targeted and framed” by more than a dozen NYPD detectives investigating the crime.
According to the claim, the detectives allegedly fabricated evidence against him and refused to confirm his alibi. The claim also states that the police “intentionally refusing to investigate other obvious leads”. Pointing out that they failed to immediately test hair, fingernail scrapings and other forensic evidence collected from the scene after the crime.
Denny alleges in the claim that detectives made “false representation” and used “outright suggestion to induce” the victim, who was blindfolded during most of the attack, to identify him “at a live lineup after she failed to identify [him] in a photo lineup… as one of the perpetrators.”
It also claims Denny “has suffered, and continues to suffer, severe and ongoing damages,” including “physical and emotional pain and suffering, physical sickness… loss of familial relationships,” loss of income and damage to his reputation.
To avoid a potential $50 million lawsuit, Comptroller Scott Stringer discreetly agreed to approve paying Denny a $9.75 million settlement.
“It was in the best interest of the city to settle pre-litigation,” said Stringer spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays.