Gov. McCrory pardons wrongfully convicted NC man who spent 27 years in prison

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Governor Pat McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Pat McCrory granted a pardon of innocence Thursday for a wrongfully convicted North Carolina man who spent 27 years in prison.

Edward McInnis was convicted in 1988 of raping an 81-year-old woman in her Laurinburg home. He was sentenced to life in prison.

But DNA samples tested after an investigation was initiated last year proved that McInnis did not commit the crime.

Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace ordered him to be released in August. Gov. McCrory called McInnis on Thursday.

“On behalf of the State of North Carolina, I apologize to Mr. McInnis for the 27 years he had to spend behind bars for crimes he did not commit,” said Governor McCrory in a prepared statement.
“While we cannot give him back those years of his life, I wish him well as he resumes his life as a free man.”

McInnis 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.