A Tennessee man identified as one Mr. Lawrence McKinney who was wrongfully convicted for 31 years has been released from prison with a compensation of $75.
Lawrence, 60, was convicted of rape and burglary in 1978 and was sentenced to prison for 115 years. He was however released in 2009 after DNA evidence proved he was innocent in the case.
The ex-convicts now battle for a grant of $1 million in compensation to the loss suffered while away.
After his release, McKinney was issued $75, and he could be eligible for up to $1 million in compensation if the Tennessee Parole Board hears his exoneration case, which has been denied twice already.
“I don’t have no life, all my life was taken away,” he told CBS News.
McKinney’s lawyer, Jack Lowery said he’s suffered enough and thinks that he should receive the compensation after 31 years behind bars.
“It is not justice for him not to receive compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned,” Lowery told the network.
In September, a parole board voted 7-0 to deny him an exoneration hearing. Now it’s up to Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, to make a final decision.
‘There has been one mistake made that sent him to prison,’ Lowery added. ‘I trust that another is not made that does not allow him exoneration.’