Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a press conference on...

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a press conference on May 27, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton

A man whose New York City murder conviction was overturned after he spent over 20 years in prison is getting $3.6 million from the state.

The Daily News says in a story Saturday that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman approved the payout this week in Anthony Yarbough's case.

Schneiderman spokeswoman Melissa Grace tells the paper Schneiderman has to ensure that people unjustly imprisoned get justice speedily.

Yarbough's lawyer, Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, says the state money will help Yarbough keep pursuing a lawsuit against the city. Margulis-Ohnuma says Yarbough plans to keep working a hotel.

Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson were convicted of killing Yarbough's mother, his 12-year-old sister and another girl in 1992. A judge threw out their convictions in February based on new DNA evidence.

Wilson's lawyer declined to comment.

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