Pardon Mike McAlister -- an innocent man -- for a crime that took 29 years of his life

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Victory! I was pardoned after 29 years in prison.

On May 13, 2015, I learned that my decades-long nightmare was over: Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the state had granted me an absolute pardon, declaring me innocent of the crime for which I served 29 years in prison. The pardon made sure I wouldn't face another day in jail for a crime that I did not commit. Words cannot express how grateful my family and I are that you helped raise awareness of my story and pushed Gov. McAuliffe to take action. You stood by my side when others thought I didn't have a chance. A very special thanks to those of you who responded to my daughter Becci's e-mail and gave her much-needed words of support and encouragement. We cannot tell you how appreciative we are of your support during the last month. My release from jail was one of the greatest days of my life. My mom and sister picked me up from the prison facilities and took me home. It fulfilled a dream I never thought would actually come true. I am now spending time with my family, getting acclimated to everyday life, and looking forward to seeing my daughters and talking to my grandchildren in person. I know that starting a new life after nearly 30 years away from society is going to be challenging, but I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to do so. I thank you all again for your encouragement and support. With Much Appreciation, Mike McAlister How can you help Mike? Needless to say, Mike did not have much in the way of savings after spending nearly 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and there is a whole process he has to go through to get any compensation from the state. Many of you have asked how you can help. The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project has set up a fundraising page on Mike's behalf -- – and he would greatly appreciate any amount you are able to spare. Every little bit helps as he doesn't want to be a financial burden on his family after they've carried him emotionally for so long.

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
6 years ago