Exoneration not recommended for man who served 31 years for crime he didn’t commit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Tennessee man who has been fighting for years to clear his name after he was wrongly convicted of rape was not recommended for exoneration Tuesday afternoon.

The decision was made after Lawrence McKinney was granted a hearing before the Tennessee Parole Board.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

All seven members of the board voted not to recommend exoneration.

McKinney was found guilty of rape in 1978 and was sentenced to 100 years in prison and 10 to 15 years for burglary. He served 31 years before DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. He was released in 2009.

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It is the second time a parole board has not recommended exoneration of McKinney.

If granted, exoneration enables a person to file for compensation with the Tennessee Board of Claims.

If he had been exonerated, McKinney would have been able to fully clear his name and be allowed to file for compensation for the time he spent in prison.

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