Wrongly Convicted Man Seeks Exoneration

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Attorneys for a man who was freed after spending 27 years in prison for crimes he likely didn't commit are asking a Virginia court to exonerate him.

Both attorneys for Thomas Haynesworth and prosecutors told the Virginia Court of Appeals on Wednesday that he clearly is innocent and deserves to be cleared.

Haynesworth was granted parole last week.

DNA cleared him of one of the three assaults for which he was incarcerated and pointed to a serial rapist who is serving a life sentence. But no biological evidence remained to be tested in the other two.

Haynesworth will remain registered as a sex offender and under strict parole unless he is fully exonerated. He said Wednesday he was anxious to learn his fate.

A decision isn't expected for several weeks.

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