Terrance Lewis was freed last year, after 21 years in prison, fighting to prove he didn't commit a 1996 murder in West Philadelphia.
Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott judge finally threw out his conviction last May after new evidence arose in the case.
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Lewis was only 17 when he, a wrongly convicted juvenile lifer, was sent to prison.
When the judge threw out the conviction 21 years later, Lewis says it was like a whole bottle of years and years of emotion began pouring out.
"It's still pouring," he said chuckling. "It's still pouring out, going before Judge McDermott. I thanked her, she's a leading light of that bench."
Mayor Kenney says the money can't give Lewis those years back, but it will fund his work to help others wrongly convicted.
"I know that money alone cannot compensate Mr. Lewis and his family for the 21 years he spent incarcerated. And I know that much more must be done to reform our criminal justice system and to help the families and communities that have been torn apart by instances in which the system didn't work," said Kenney.
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