$5.5M award upheld to wrongly convicted Clay man

Created: 07/12/2014 1:29 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

An appeals court has upheld a $5.5 million award to a central New York man who spent nine years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of trying to kill his wife.

The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division issued its ruling Friday in Daniel Gristwood's case. The appeals judges say Gristwood "established that his conviction and incarceration had a catastrophic impact on his personal and family life."

Gristwood was released from prison in 2005 after another man admitted attacking the sleeping Christina Gristwood with a hammer in the couple's apartment in Clay. It's near Syracuse.

Gristwood's lawyer tells The Post-Standard he plans to ask state officials to put the payment process in motion next week.

The state attorney general's office opposed the award. A spokeswoman had no immediate comment Saturday.

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