Santana is an American producer, entrepreneur, activist, and fashion designer. Aside from this, he also founded a clothing company named ‘Park Madison NYC’.
However, this personality also became a controversial figure due to his five years of incarceration during his teenage years, for which he was not guilty.
|Full Name||Raymond Santana|
|Birth Date||September 7, 1974|
|Age||46 years old|
|Birthplace||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
In addition, he is one of the five teenage victims of the infamous joggers’ assault in Central Park. When the incident occurred, the American businessman was just 14 years old and was accused with the other four of being involved in the crime.
Five years after they emerged from prison, they sued the newspaper for malicious prosecution, emotional distress, and racial discrimination.
Early Life of Santana
Raymond Santana was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, on September 7, 1974. The details of his early life are lacking most of the time. In 2017, he graduated from Bronx Preparatory High School.
Raymond Santana’s Career
Four of Raymond’s friends, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Korey Wise were also arrested in the famous Central Park joggers rape case at the age of 14.
Trisha Ellen Meili, a jogger in New York City who was brutally attacked and raped, was found guilty of assault and rape by a jury.
Raymond, along with his four friends, was sentenced to between 5 and 15 years in prison during the 2nd trial before the New York Court. Matias Reyes confessed his crime of raping and murdering jogger Trisha in Central Park to police after being arrested and spending time in prison.
As of December 19, 2002, Raymond’s conviction and that of his four friends were overturned. It was decided based on a recommendation from the Manhattan District Attorney.
Raymond spent five years in prison during his teenage years as a result of the police’s incorrect investigation.
In court, an attorney for the victim filed suit against the city for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and torturing him. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City at that time, refused to settle the lawsuits.
Since the five attorneys on the court were confident, they would win easily against New York City’s lawyers, Bloomberg did not make any decisions.
A New York City mayor was elected in 2014 — Bill de Blasio. Five men settled for $41 million, and he awarded them a settlement.
A New York State was then sued by Raymond and four of his friends for an additional $52 million. However, they were compensated with $3.9 million in 2016.
He was trying to manage his life after being released from prison. Trying to forget all of his past incidents, he tried to settle down. Despite being a difficult task, it was not impossible.
Park Madison NYC, a clothing line company, was founded by him in 2015. As a result of false rape accusations, he missed his career in fashion design after founding his company.
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Case of the Central Park Five
In 1989, there was a lot of discussion about the jogger assault and rape case on social media. Four of the children who were targeted in this case were innocent victims; Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, and Kevin Richardson.
During the night-time, Trisha Meili jogged in Central Park, New York City, while she was assaulted and raped. Afterwards, she was knocked unconscious with severe brain damage and her body was drained of blood.
Similarly, after prolonged investigations, the five teens who were arrested admitted that they had been attacked. It took Matias Reyes 12 years to confront the person responsible for the assault and rape.
The DNA of the victim at the scene of the crime matched Matias’, and he confessed details about the assault and rape not revealed to the public. A second rape was found to have been committed within two days of the Meili incident, but he was never considered a suspect in the Central Park Jogger case.
Matias Reyes was incarcerated at the time of the incident for a string of rapes and a murder. Also, while imprisoned, Reyes met Korey Wise, one of the Central Park Five.
A DNA test eventually overturned the convictions; Matias Reyes remains on death row for those crimes. Later, Raymond Santana and four other friends filed a lawsuit in court against the newspaper for defamation, racial discrimination, and malicious prosecution. Additionally, they were awarded $41 million as part of the settlement.
Furthermore, Korey Wise, Santana’s friend, served the longest period in prison and ended up with the largest share of $12 million.
Raymond Santana’s Personal Life
During his days of depression, Santana was supported by his long-time sweetheart, Nekesta Samone Shelton, whom he married prior to marrying Delishis. Meanwhile, Delishis was also in a relationship from 1993 to 1999 with an unknown man.
Their daughter was born together. A kid named Lexington Brielle Gordon was born to Delishis and Orlando Gordon in April 2010 when they shared a relationship. 2014 was the year of their divorce.
It is Raymond Santana Jr. who is the son of Raymond Santana Sr. There are no details regarding his mother.
Raymond’s stepmother’s nieces and nephews, his grandmother, and cousins all made up the large family that his father had when he later remarried and had a second son with this second wife.
In April 2020, Melia Symone Shelton will turn 16 after Raymond Shelton and Nekesta Samone Shelton had a daughter. His social media accounts often include pictures of his family and those of his Central Park Five counterparts.
He stands 1.8 meters tall, or about 5 feet and 10 inches. Compared to his surroundings and judging by his photos, he seems quite tall. Furthermore, he weighs 80 kilograms (178 pounds).
Net Worth of Raymond Santana
About $5 million U.S. dollars are estimated to be Santana Jr.’s net worth. Having been wrongfully accused and serving years in prison, he was awarded a colossal sum as compensation.
His characters appear in movies and series for which he receives a lucrative amount from the media.
In addition, the apparel company he runs generates additional income for him. He sells t-shirts bearing the names of the Central Park Five members through his clothing company.