RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A wrongly convicted Virginia man’s family shed tears of joy upon learning that he received a pardon from the governor after 29 years in prison.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted the full pardon Wednesday to 58-year-old Michael Kenneth McAlister, who was convicted of attempted rape based on mistaken identification by the victim. Authorities say the real perpetrator is a serial rapist who’s serving three life terms in prison.
McAlister’s sister, Denise Haas, says family members cried happy tears when they learned about the decision on a conference call with McAlister’s lawyers. She said the family is looking forward to making up for missed time with McAlister after he’s released.