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Pennellville man wrongly convicted of brutally attacking wife awarded $5.5M

New York State will award a Pennellville man $5.5 million after spending nine years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- New York State will award an Oswego County man $5.5 million after spending nine years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Daniel Gristwood of Pennellville was found guilty of assaulting his wife Christina with a hammer and spent almost a decade in state prison, but in 2005, another man confessed and Gristwood’s conviction was overturned.

Gristwood might still be in prison were it not for Mastho Davis, who in 2003, admitted to police that he attacked Christina Gristwood in 1996 while she slept in her home in the town of Clay.

Two years later, Davis was convicted.

A judge determined that Gristwood’s confession had been coerced and he was set free, but the damage was already done.

He was awarded more than $2.7 million for loss of liberty, mental anguish, and the loss of family relationships; and another $1.2 million for pain and suffering.

He was also granted $100,000 for psychological care for his post traumatic stress disorder.

He was also awarded for earnings lost while he was in prison and for an impaired earning capacity.

Gristwood currently works as a mechanic and performs odd jobs to get by.

Mastho Davis is serving a life sentence in Florida for crimes he committed there in the years following his attack on Christina Gristwood.

Gristwood initially sued the state for $7.5 million.
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