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Korey Wise buys $925,000 New York penthouse 20 years after Central Park Five were wrongly convicted

Central Park Five’s Korey Wise has reportedly purchased a one-bedroom penthouse apartment in New York with views of the park.


Wise’s 14 years in prison after being wrongly convicted in 1989 of raping a jogger when he was just 16 has been most recently documented in Netflix series When They See Us.

Now 46, Wise snapped up the 803-square-foot condo in a luxury building that offers views of the famous Big Apple skyline as well as the sprawling green space that got Wise and his four friends dubbed the Central Park Five.

The corner abode was originally listed for $960,000 but Wise purchased it for $925,000.

It has a living/dining room with oversized windows for unobstructed north-facing views. Images from the listing show an open Chef’s Kitchen with Caesarstone quartz countertops, porcelain tiles and custom white lacquer cabinets.

Wise’s new building also has a doorman and covered parking area for ample privacy.

Wise spent roughly double the time in prison than the rest of the accused after he offered to go to the police station with his friend because he believed his mother would’ve wanted him to look out for him.

The conviction was overturned in 2002 after four of the accused had served their time – the lowest of which was six years – after Matias Reyes confessed to the rape following stints in two prisons with Wise. 

DNA evidence confirmed the link.

Donald Trump had called for the return of the death penalty and put out a newspaper ad for it as they case drew nationwide attention. 

All except Wise left New York to start lives in other states.

Wise, along with Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam sued the state and received $41million in 2014.

They have maintained that despite being able to relocate and put their children in better schools, the money had not made up for the experience behind bars. 

Two out of four episode of the recent Netflix series directed by Ava Duvernay focuses on Wise’s experience, which included periods in solitary confinement and transfers that made it more difficult to have visitors.

Wise is the only one who remains single and does not have children.

In 2016, they received $3.9million more for economic and emotional damages, the New York Daily News reported. Korey received an additional $1.5 million while the others received between $500,000 and $650,000.

‘Every day Antron McCray wakes up in fear someone is going to come take away,’ their attorney Jonathan Moore said. ‘Every day Kevin Richardson feels that pain of being in prison. Every day. The same is true of all those men. Is it too much? I don’t think so.’

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