A federal jury Wednesday awarded almost $1.3 million in civil damages to a Glendale man who was falsely accused of murder and spent eight months in a Los Angeles County jail before being cleared of the charges.
Attorneys for Edmond Ovasapyan, 28, sued the Glendale Police Department in U.S. District Court for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, saying that detectives who arrested him in connection with a 2005 home invasion slaying ignored exculpatory evidence, including his alibi.
The decision by the jury means Ovasapyan will receive $1.1 million in compensatory damages. They also found Det. Arthur Frank and Lt. Ian Grimes liable for $150,000 in punitive damages.
"I thought this was never going to happen; I thought I was going to be in jail for the rest of my life," Ovasapyan said outside the courtroom. "Justice prevailed."