Raymond Santana is a fashion designer, activist, and businessman. He was the fifth member of the Central Park Five incident. He spent five years in prison for a rape charge that he didn’t commit. He was also the first person to ever be exonerated by DNA evidence. His real-life story was presented as a reel story on the 2019 Netflix mini-series “Whey They See Us”. As of 2022, Raymond Santana’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.
|Full Name||Raymond Santana|
|Birth Date||September 7, 1974|
|Birth Place||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
Raymond Santana Early life
On September 7, 1974, Raymond Santana was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. His parents are Maria and Raymond. He has completed his high school education at Bronx Preparatory High School in 2017.
Raymond Santana, who rose to fame in the reality show Flavor of Love 2, tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Deelishis, on June 7, 2020. It was his second marriage. Earlier, he was married to his long-time girlfriend, Nekesta Samone Shelton. Raymond shares a daughter named Melia Symone with her ex-wife Nekesta.
Raymond was found guilty in the Central Park jogger rape case and his four friends, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Jack Richardson, and Korey Wise. He was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for the rape and murder of jogger Trisha Meili in Central Park. All were arrested and spent time in prison until a serial rapist named Matias Reyes confessed his crime for the rape and murder of jogger Trisha in Central Park.
On December 19, 2002, the convictions of Raymond and his friends were overturned. The Manhattan District Attorney’s recommendation was used to make the decision. Raymond spent 5 years of his teenage life in prison because of the wrong police investigation.
He filed a lawsuit against New York City after being released from prison. At that time, New York City’s Mayor refused to settle the lawsuits. New York City’s lawyers were confident that they would win against the five on the court, so they didn’t take any decision.
Bill de Blasio was elected as the new Mayor of New York City. He decided to settle with 5 men and give them a total of $41 million. Raymond and his friends filed a lawsuit against the New York State for an additional $52 million. In 2016 they received $3.9 million as a settlement amount.
Park Madison NYC was founded in 2015 by Raymond and his sister, Aiko. They wanted to create a clothing line that focused on fashion and fun while helping others through clothing. They were able to create a clothing line that catered to the needs of their customers.
Santana’s fortune has grown by about $5 million, thanks to his business ventures. He received a $500,000 settlement from the New York State Court of Claims in 2016.