You’ve been wrongfully imprisoned for 31 years, the state only offers you $75…. what do you do next?
“A Lebanon, Tennessee, man is fighting for $1 million in compensation after spending three decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.
In 1978, Lawrence McKinney was convicted by a Memphis jury of raping a woman during a burglary. The victim identified McKinney as one of two men who attacked her and he was sentenced to 115 years for the deed.
Now, the 60-year-old man must depend on odd jobs from his local church to stay afloat, but he remains hopeful that he will be compensated, CBS Evening News reported.
McKinney has gone to Tennessee’s parole board twice demanding restitution, but the board rejected him both times.
“In an exoneration hearing, we have to have a lot of evidence, clear and convincing,” Bruce said. “I have not been convinced he is innocent.”
McKinney has appealed his case to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.”