COLUMBUS — The Ohio Court of Claims has finalized a $4 million settlement for two Portage County men wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 17 years in the murder of a Randolph woman.
Robert Gondor and Randy Resh will each receive about $1.45 million of the total, with another $1.1 million-plus to their legal counsel, under the settlement filed earlier this month.
The two were convicted in the 1988 murder of Connie Nardi. Gondor, working as a carpenter at the time, and Resh, a roofing contractor, denied involvement. Another man pleaded guilty and was convicted of the crime but alleged the two were involved, according to documents.
Courts later cleared Resh and Gondor of the charges, and they were released from prison a decade ago, Gondor after serving 5,936 days, Resh 6,012 days, according to documents.
Portage County Common Please Court ruled in May 2014 that the two men had established they were wrongfully imprisoned; the 11th District Court of Appeals later affirmed the decision.
Gondor and Resh subsequently filed suit seeking civil damages.
State law provides more than $50,000 per year in restitution to those who have proven wrongful imprisonment.
This month’s settlement came more than a year after the state Controlling Board OK’d an initial payment of $1.7 million for the men and their attorneys.
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