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Dec 21 - Man gets $75 after being wrongly imprisoned for 31 years
 

 
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(CNN)A Tennessee man who served 31 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit is petitioning the state to compensate him $1 million for the years of his life that were taken away. All he's gotten so far is $75.

In October 1977 a Memphis woman was r*ped in her home by two intruders. She later identified one of them as her neighbor, Lawrence McKinney, who was 22 at the time. He was convicted on r*pe and burglary charges in 1978 and sentenced to 115 years in jail.
DNA evidence cleared him of the charges in 2008, and when he was released in 2009, the Tennessee Department of Corrections gave him a $75 check to restart his life.
"Because I had no ID it took me three months before I was able to cash it," McKinney told CNN.
Now the 61-year-old is asking Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to exonerate him. The Tennessee Board of Parole, which makes recommendations to the governor, denied McKinney's request by a 7-0 vote at a hearing in September.
Board voted against McKinney's exoneration
A formal exoneration could open a pathway to $1 million in compensation from the state Board of Claims for the decades McKinney was wrongfully imprisoned.
"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."

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Lawrence McKinney, right, with one of his lawyers, Jack Lowery.
One of McKinney's attorneys, Jack Lowery, believes the decision should rest solely with Haslam.
"The parole board is not qualified to make these decisions and should not," he said. "For the parole board to step in when many (of them) are not trained in the law is ridiculous."
'Only the strong survive'
According to John Hunn, McKinney's pastor and most ardent supporter, the board cited a list of 97 infractions that McKinney incurred while he was in jail, including the alleged a*sault of a fellow inmate, who testified against McKinney at the hearing. McKinney told the board he'd been in prison for years, and that "only the strong survive," Hunn said. Hunn testified at the hearing on McKinney's behalf.
"Lawrence has told that story at our church," Hunn said. "He doesn't deny that story. He was in prison, man."
The parole board also knew that 28 years into his sentence, McKinney admitted to the burglary charge he was convicted of. McKinney said his lawyers at the time told him that if he wanted any chance of being released early, he would need to admit to something.
His last chance
While he and his team are optimistic, McKinney knows this is his final opportunity for exoneration. This is his second attempt; he initially tried in 2010, but then-Gov. Phil Bredesen never acted on the board's recommendation against exoneration before leaving office. When Haslam became governor, McKinney was given the opportunity to apply again.
"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."

Lawrence McKinney

According to McDonald, Tennessee's governors have granted two exonerations in the past 16 years, and both were in January 2011, just over a week before Bredesen vacated the governor's mansion.
'I just want to be treated right and fair'
Since his release, Hunn said, McKinney has worked hard to put his life back together and salvage the time he has left. In 2010 he married a pen pal with whom he corresponded during his time in jail. The two attend Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, where McKinney participates in a Bible study five nights a week and where he has found a supportive community that has rallied around him time and time again.
"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."

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58 comments for "Dec 21 - Man gets $75 after being wrongly imprisoned for 31 years"

 2 years ago '05        #2
Junior G 117 heat pts117
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heartbreaking man

 2 years ago '10        #3
BasedOverlord 3 heat pts
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That many years of his life gone...and no fux given by the system or those that accused/convicted him (that are still breavin). Ive never been in the pen and dont plan on it but given those circumstamces id be on that law abiding citizen / OG Hernandez just stepped on my sneakers and poured Morton salt all over em/
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 2 years ago '12        #4
sOurxd i e s e 21 heat pts21
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Holy sh*t this makes me so fu*king angry

they voted 7-0 jesus fu*king christ fu*k these people

 2 years ago '06        #5
memphisboi55 
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holy sh*t

judge gotta die. the bi*ch who said I did it gotta go now too

you already wasted 31 years of my life

 2 years ago '07        #6
stogz 19 heat pts19
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fu*king america

 2 years ago '13        #7
North!!! 440 heat pts440
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they don't give a fu*k bout him

All nonchalant when they took 31 years away from him

 2 years ago '04        #8
rikedizzle 
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Was the burglary charge with the r*pe or a separate case?

 2 years ago '15        #9
The Dudeness 27 heat pts27
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31 fu*kin years?!??!

I'd be on some Summer of Sam sh*t if I did 31 days (even hours maybe) for some sh*t I didn't even do. Let alone have a board of c*cksuckers tell me I'm not entitled after serving all that damn time.

It's just a great and beautiful thing that man came home in love with the lord. God is good.

He's not done with me yet. Clearly.

 2 years ago '13        #10
Route03X 10 heat pts10
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I just turned 24 and just the BAD years of my life seemed like they took forever,damn 31



but honestly though,I wonder does stuff like this just affects us more than it even does them sadly because think of it,The first soul crushing moment was being falsely arrested in the first place,2nd was getting sentenced,3rd was actually having to sit there in that cell and count the hours you have left in there for absolutely nothing you did(not to mention the bonuses of stuff going down in prison just because true convicts can be animals).This could honestly feel like the less depressing slap he's gotten these past years



Honestly,if ever in the future there's states with majority black in power people(not coons,blacks)then I say it would prooooobably be wise for blacks to atleast consider moving to one.I'm almost positive that could lower the chances of fu*kery down by numbers we thought we could only dream of.


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 2 years ago '15        #11
The Dudeness 27 heat pts27
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On another note:

Where that bi*ch at that fingered him for her snatched box? She foul as fu*k. 31 years?!?

She need to do time. Idgaf if she 79 years old. She need to pay by the day.

 2 years ago '12        #12
Trelli3Matrix 
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Looks like all he gonna buy is king cobras anyway. $75 can buy u 75 of them sh*ts!!!

Nah, sh*t is fu*ked up

 2 years ago '16        #13
Ham Bannon 112 heat pts112
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and he couldnt even cash that check for like 4 months
:mjcry2:


Last edited by Ham Bannon; 12-22-2016 at 06:09 AM..

 2 years ago '10        #14
Alerts 224 heat pts224
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Only 1m?

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dc3003 120 heat pts120
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One of the biggest trys i ever seen. Why even give him the 75 at that point

 2 years ago '05        #16
ice wolf 557 heat pts557
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This is what happens when you get a $50an hour Lawyer

 2 years ago '05        #17
P-Hill|M 28 heat pts28
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 2 years ago '10        #18
SandmanNyC 26 heat pts26
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if he don't get that millie, he should just say fu*k it and off all those 7 voters. Make an example of them. Sometimes only extreme behavior will get some recognition these days

 2 years ago '07        #19
NuffGanja 117 heat pts117
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Gofundme coming soon

 2 years ago '16        #20
Georjay 
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100k for every year... not worth the time spent still a check def deserved tho

 2 years ago '16        #21
Normy 27 heat pts27
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Hope he didn't spend it all in one place

 2 years ago '16        #22
Supreme God 121 heat pts121
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Damn shame. 31 years of your only life gone because of racism...he should find that white bi*ch, r*pe, and then k*ll her.

I'm all about an eye for an eye

Especially when it comes to the continued injustice of my people

 2 years ago '08        #23
Eagles All Day 99 heat pts99
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sh*t fu*ked up man

 2 years ago '16        #24
syntaxx7x 
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he's 60 now.. been jailed most his life.. damn near institutionalized..
what kinda job is he going to get at 60.. prob no education.. maybe no kids to take care of him.. what kinda life he gonna live..

I'ma get my money.... or the people that said this "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.".. ain't gonna be making anymore decisions to ruin anymore live.

 2 years ago '08        #25
mr.mdz 1 heat pts
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Did everyone here skim over the part about him admitting to the burglary?

The reason he was released is because he was cleared of the r*pe, and had already served the time that his burglary charge would've gotten him.

7-0 vote due to his part in the crime that took place.

He shouldn't see a dime.

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