Governor pardons man accused of killing A&T professor in 1988
RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday he has granted a pardon of innocence for a Chapel Hill man who spent 16 and a half years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
LaMonte Burton Armstrong was convicted of first-degree murder by a Guilford County jury in 1995 for the 1988 slaying of North Carolina A&T professor Ernestine Compton at her Greensboro home.
The governor’s office said the chief witness against Armstrong was an acquaintance who later recanted — saying he lied to collect a Crime Stoppers reward and to avoid prison time himself.
Armstrong was released in 2012.
He is eligible to file a claim under a North Carolina law that allows compensation of up to $750,000 to persons wrongly convicted of felonies.