A man from Tennessee, Lawrence McKinney, who was wrongly imprisoned for 31 years for a crime he didn’t commit has asked for a $1m compensation to restart his life after he was handed $75 by the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
“The (parole) board reviewed all relevant information related to the crime, conviction and subsequent appeals, as well as all information provided by the petitioner,” said Melissa McDonald, spokesperson for the Tennessee Board of Parole.After considering all of the evidence, the board did not find clear and convincing evidence of innocence and declined to recommend clemency in this matter.”
“For the parole board to step in when many (of them) are not trained in the law is ridiculous.
“Although I’ve spent more than half of my life locked up for a crime I did not do, I am not bitter or angry at anyone, because I have found the Lord and married a good wife,” McKinney said. “All I ask is that I be treated right and fair for what has happened to me. I didn’t do nothing, and I just want to be treated right.”