Martin Tankleff

Man claiming wrongful conviction gets $10 million settlement

A New York man who spent 17 years in prison for the slayings of his parents before a court overturned his conviction settled a civil case with Suffolk County for $10 million Thursday.

He previously settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit against New York state for nearly $3.4 million.

Martin Tankleff said he's "gratified" that Suffolk County, on Long Island, "has finally acknowledged the terrible wrong" that was perpetrated against him.

Tankleff was 17 when he was arrested in 1988 for the deaths of his parents, Seymour and Arlene Tankleff.

He initially confessed but quickly recanted. Tankleff was convicted in 1990 and sentenced to 50 years in...