Raymond Santana is an American actor and businessman. He is also known for serving 5 years in prison for being wrongly convicted in the Central Park rape case. He was a teenager when he and the other 4 people were wrongly convicted. Recently he is in the spotlight for a relationship that is a mess and will soon file for divorce as his wife posted many negative comments for him on her social media page.
Raymond was born on September 7, 1974 in the United States of America. His father’s name is Raymond Santana Sr. while his mother’s details have not been disclosed. The media has no information about his siblings. Raymond attended Bronx Preparatory High School and completed his schooling there. He also received a degree but did not reveal any details about it. The name of his university for his further studies has not yet been revealed to the media.
Raymond Santana’s career
After his release from prison, he began his career as an actor. He was also wrongly convicted of the Central Park murder case. In 2003, he starred in a documentary called American Justice. Later in 2012 he appeared in documentaries and television series such as The Central Park Five, Charlie Rose and Democracy Now! on. The next year he was seen on Piers Morgan Live.
In 2016, he starred in a podcast series documentary titled WrongfulBelief with Jason Flom. Later in 2019 he appeared in many television series and documentaries such as Today, When They See Us, Oprah Winfrey, Toure Show, The 71st Primetime Emmy Award and When They See Us: The Criminal System of Injustice. In 2021, he starred in the television series VH1 Couples Retreat.
As a teenager, he was accused and coerced into confessing to the rape of New York jogger Trisha Ellen Meili. Five teenagers were arrested with him, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray and Korey Wise. All were between 14 and 16 years old. On the night of April 19, 1989, Trisha was found unconscious with a fractured skull, a body temperature of 84 degrees and 75% of her blood drained from her body. When she recovered, she had no memory of the attack.
All of the teenagers were convicted of the attacks in two separate trials. Raymond was tried as a juvenile and convicted of rape and assault and sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. Matias Reyes later admitted it was his doing. On December 19, 2002, the Manhattan District Attorney declared that five men had their convictions vacated. Raymond spent five years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Biography of Raymond Santana
|Real name||Raymond Santana Jr.|
|date of birth||7th of September 1974|
|Age (as of 2022)||47 years|
|place of birth||United States|
|height||in feet inches – 5′ 10” – in centimeters – 177 cm|
|Weight||in kilograms – 81kg – in pounds – 178 pounds|
|shoe size||10 (US)|
|eye color||dark brown|
Raymond Santana Family
|father||Raymond Santana Sr.|
On June 7, 2020, he married his girlfriend named Chandra London Davis or Deelishis in Duluth, Georgia. Chandra is a model, singer and winner of VH1’s Flavor of Love 2 reality show. After dating for a few months, they got engaged in December 2019. Recently in 2022, she posted a since-deleted message on her Instagram account, saying that she married a narcissist who is a complete liar and a fraud and was finally ready to speak the truth.
Although it seems messy and may not be together anymore, they recently filed an agreement with the court to settle most of the legal issues between them and have also filed for divorce. From his previous marriage to Nekesta Samone Shelton who supported him during his depression days. Together they were blessed with a daughter named Melia Symone. No other details about their relationship were shared.
Raymond Santana’s net worth
Raymond Santana has earned a lot as an actor and businessman. He has also been invited as a guest on various reality talk shows and podcasts. Alongside this, he also earns from his line of clothing brands. According to sources, his net worth was estimated at around $5 million so far. The amount he received from a lawsuit against New York State also added to his net worth.
Facts About Raymond Santana
- His father lived in New York.
- The five wrongly convicted were released and later pursued a civil lawsuit against the City of New York and received a $41 million settlement in 2014.
- Ronald appeared with Oprah Winfrey in the cast of When They See Us Now.
- In 2015, he executive produced Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man.
- Ronald appeared as a guest on the Toure Show podcast series.
- He is also the founder of a clothing line called Park Madison NYC.