Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued an absolute pardon for Michael McAlister who was wrongfully convicted 29 years ago of rape.
Norman Bruce Derr recently confessed to the crime as well as several other rapes in Maryland and Virginia. This cleared McAlister and put Derr behind bars. The two shared a striking resemblance. McAlister was freed Wednesday (5/13) evening.
McAlister had previously applied for a pardon in 1993, only to be rejected. This is the first absolute pardon granted by McAuliffe.