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McCrory pardons wrongfully convicted man

Posted May 19, 2016

— Gov. Pat McCrory issued a pardon of innocence Thursday for a Scotland County man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Edward McInnis was convicted in 1988 of raping an 81-year-old woman in her Laurinburg home and was sentenced to life in prison.

Last year, McInnis appealed his case to the state Innocence Inquiry Commission, which led to a search of DNA in the case to support or refute his petition. Laurinburg police were able to locate evidence from the 27-year-old case, and the DNA proved another man was responsible for the rape.

A Superior Court judge dismissed the charges against McInnis last August and released him from prison.

"On behalf of the State of North Carolina, I apologize to Mr. McInnis for the 27 years he had to spend behind bars for crimes he did not commit," McCrory said in a statement. "While we cannot give him back those years of his life, I wish him well as he resumes his life as a free man."

The pardon makes McInnis eligible to file a claim under North Carolina law that allows compensation of up to $750,000 to persons wrongly convicted of felonies.


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  • Fanny Chmelar May 20, 2016
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    "Last year, McInnis appealed his case to the state Innocence Inquiry Commission, which led to a search of DNA in the case to support or refute his petition."

  • Terry Lightfoot May 20, 2016
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    Well done McCrory , perhaps should have been done long ago. Justice turns slowly in this State.

  • Mary Meadows May 19, 2016
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    FYI There was initially a post prior to mine that was commenting about HB2 and McCrory. Apparently it was deleted. I am getting tired of people referring to that no matter what the article is about. It's so irrelavent compared to this man spending decades behind bars for something he didn't do. I can't begin to imagine how many nights he spent wondering when his living nightmare would be over.

  • Timothy Haggerty May 19, 2016
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    I hope he gets every cent of that 750,000.00

  • William Willets May 19, 2016
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    As my post indicates, it was clearly tongue in cheek. Not sure how all Dems in power for so many years couldn't take care of this sort of issue.

  • Elizabeth Hawkins May 19, 2016
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    I have not comments to respond to all these post except they are wrong about MCCroy. Keep your negative posts to yourself. He is a good Governor and i trust him.

  • William Willets May 19, 2016
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    I can't believe this hateful, bigoted Governor would possibly do something so kind-hearted! Sarcasm anyone?

  • Sherri Steve Gillikin May 19, 2016
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    When I read most of the comments here and on Facebook I am reminded of what Seinfeld said. "People....they are the worst." It's no wonder I like my dogs more than I do most people.

  • Fanny Chmelar May 19, 2016
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    Pat's lies and disregard for the citizens of this state is becoming legendary. Started right around the time he said "I'll veto abortion legislation" and turned around and signed it. Raising taxes on the middle class was up next - a solidly broken campaign promise. Been damage control and a political downward spiral ever since he took office. "No new taxes" - remember what happened last time someone said that?

    Even conservative Civitas' recent poll shows him at his lowest approval rating since taking office, and Cooper has a ten percent lead on him. So, of course a pardon right now is needed... or anything to make him look like a decent human being - there's an election around the corner.

    Hopefully Mr. McInnis gets compensated fully for his time, and gets the support he needs to be successful after such a tragic and horrible situation.

  • Deborrah Newton May 19, 2016
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    I had the pleasure to be in a meeting today with our Governor, and continue to observe him to be a man of integrity, quiet respect for the dignity of citizens, and concerned about the welfare of NC. Offensive comments merely demonstrate lack of insight. Thank you, Governor McCrory, for your leadership on these issues crucial to individual citizens, their families, and our public dignity. Deb Newton, Attorney