In 1996, Dan Gristwood of Pennellville, New York, confessed to hitting his beloved wife's head with a hammer, injuring her so badly that she was permanently brain damaged. The couple had five children ranging in age from 1 and 9. He was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison, the maximum sentence.
He has now been completely exonerated. He was released in 2005 after it became clear another man was responsible. In 2011, a judge affirmatively ruled that New York State Police troopers had coerced his confession. Furthermore, he has now been awarded $5.5 million for suffering nine years of false imprisonment.