In 1978, Lawrence McKinney was penalized to 115 years of imprisonment with the charges of rape and burglary crimes that he never committed. He spends 31 years in prison before his name was cleared. It means to say that this person was wrongly imprisoned.
In 2008, the DNA testing of the bedsheets of the victim revealed that there is no sign of McKinney’s prints. He was released and given a stingy $75 by the Tennessee Justice System.
But McKinney won’t accept that easily. He began a long and hard legal battle to get a formal liberation from the governor’s office.
Fortunately, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam formally acquitted McKinney on December 20th, 2016, which allows McKinney to receive a higher payout his wrongful imprisonment.
The Wrongly Imprisoned Person Received $1 Million Payout
On March 21st, 2018, the Tennessee Board of Claims voted unanimously to give McKinney a $1 million payout which the highest amount that they could give him.
McKinney received an initial amount of $353,000. However, most of it will go to his legal fees. He’ll also receive a monthly payment of $3,300 for 10 years.
“In my age, it helps me, so I won’t have to work so hard,” he said. “In prison, I had to work so hard for nothing.”
But as attorney Jack Lowrey clarified,
“He hasn’t shown as much interest in the money part of it. He wanted his name cleared, and the amazing thing, he wasn’t angry at anybody.” And since his release, he’s been able to make a new life for himself.
He’s now married and very involved with the community at Immanuel Baptist Church. Most importantly, he’s happy.
“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 told CNN.
“All I ask is that I will be treated right and fair for what has happened to me. I didn’t do anything, and I just want to be treated right.”
This person is an incredibly kind and forgiving man. We know that his life inside a prison is hard, but we’re glad that he finally got his second chance at life.