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Virginia Man, His Conviction Overturned, Receives $1M From State

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A Virginia man who served 27 years in prison for a series of crimes he did not commit is receiving more than $1 million in compensation from the commonwealth, according to the Associated Press.

Thomas Edward Haynesworth was behind bars from 1984 to 2011 after being wrongfully convicted for three different crimes. Now, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has signed into law legislation that compensates Haynesworth. He will receive $1,075,000. 

In addition to the money, Haynesworth now has a document known as a writ of actual innocence. It permanently clears his name of all convictions. 

The governor is calling the wrongful conviction and imprisonment a tragedy, adding that Virginia has a moral obligation to provide Haynesworth with financial security and the ability to move on with his life.

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