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State pays $4.25M to exonerated inmate

BUFFALO — An attorney says New York state is paying $4.25 million in compensation to a man who spent 22 years in prison for two rapes committed by someone else.

Anthony Capozzi was freed in 2007 after DNA evidence proved he wasn’t the rapist. Arrested in 1985, he was convicted based on the testimony of the rape victims, who picked him out of police lineups.

His attorney, Thomas D’Agostino, said Wednesday that paperwork confirming the settlement was filed with the state Court of Claims last week.

The rapes were part of a decades-long crime spree by a rapist and killer named Altemio Sanchez.
In a 2008 lawsuit, Capozzi sought $41 million in damages for wrongful imprisonment.

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