Tennessee man arrested and imprisoned for 31 years for a crime he did not commit only receives $75 from what could possibly be a $1 million compensation for the years in his life that was taken away.
Tenessee Man Arrested Wrongly
Lawrence McKinney, now 61, was convicted of rape and burglary in 1978 after a Memphis woman identified McKinney as one of the two invaders who raped her. McKinney, who was 22 years old at the time, was sentenced to imprisonment of 115 years.
However, Lawrence McKinneywas cleared in 2008 through a DNA evidence. The following year, he was released and given $75 by Tennessee Department of Corrections to start his life. Since he had no ID, McKinney told CNN it took him three days to even cash the money.
Lawrence McKinney: “All I ask is to be treated right and fair.”
Lawrence McKinney has worked hard to make the most of the time he has lost. He is now married and he and his wife both go to Bible study five nights every week at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Life for McKinney is not all that good yet as his request for exoneration was denied by the Tennessee Board of Parole by 7-0. They would be the ones to give the recommendations of McKinney’s request to Governor Bill Haslam.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Board of Parole said that they “did not find clear and convincing evidence of innocence” thus they decided to decline a recommendation of clemency for Lawrence McKinney.
Meanwhile, Jack Lowery, one of McKinney’s lawyers, says the parole board stepping in with the request is “ridiculous” since they are not “qualified to make these decisions.” Moreover, most of them are “not trained in the law.”
McKinney says he is no longer “bitter or angry at anyone” since he have “found the Lord” and “married a good wife.” That is despite spending “more than half of my life locked up for a crime I did not do.” What the Tennessee man arrested wrongly only asks is to be “treated right and fair.”
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