Man Dies $7.5 Million : Wrongly convicted NY man dies 4 months after getting $7.5M

Man Dies $7.5 Million : Wrongly convicted NY man dies 4 months after getting $7.5M

Man Dies 4 Months after Getting $7.5 million, Jerry Gristwood, 48, died of lung cancer Saturday afternoon, said his brother, Jerry Gristwood. At least one of Dan’s five children was with him at Upstate Medical University when he died, his brother said.

In May 2013, a state Court of Claims judge awarded the Pennellville resident $5.5 million for being wrongfully convicted of trying to kill his wife. In July, a state appeals court in Rochester upheld the award, which interest had increased to $7.5 million by the time it was paid in September.

A judge found that state troopers coerced Gristwood into falsely confessing to attacking his wife with a hammer inside their suburban Syracuse home in 1996.

The real attacker came forward in 2003 and confessed.