John Restivo, Dennis Halstead awarded $18 million each after wrongful conviction in 1984 rape, murder of Theresa Fusco

Two men wrongfully convicted for the 1984 rape and murder of a Lynbrook teen have been awarded $18 million each by a federal jury.



John Restivo, Dennis Halstead and John Kogut spent 17 years in prison before being freed in 2003 when DNA evidence showed that another man had raped and murdered Theresa Fusco. 



John Restivo and Dennis Halstead sued Nassau County, alleging that their civil rights were violated.



A separate jury had already decided that Kogut is not entitled to any monetary damages.


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