Albert Victory, the man who went to prison for killing a New York City police officer and then sued over his botched parole, received a $50,000 cash settlement from the state.
The settlement, disclosed in court papers Wednesday, ends Victory's 15-year legal battle over a state parole board that granted his request for freedom and then, under pressure from then-Gov. George E. Pataki, reversed itself.
In his suit, Victory, who was convicted in connection with the 1968 murder of New York City Police Officer John E. Varecha, argued that politics interfered with his right to an early release from prison.
When the board approved his parole in 1999 and then rescinded it, he sued and a Wyoming County judge gave him his freedom later that year.