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A man wrongly imprisoned for 24 years despite the witness admitting that she lied is pardoned

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Donte Sharpe is “still in the fog” after receiving a “Pardon of Innocence” from a North Caroline governor after fighting for more than two decades to clear his name

A man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has been pardoned.

Donte Sharpe was granted a full pardon Friday by North Caroline Governor Roy Copper.

Sharpe was only 19 years old when he was convicted of the murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe during a drug deal in 1995.

He struggled to clear his name for over two decades, despite a key state witness admitted that she lied in court.

At the time the case was based on a 15-year-old girl, she claimed she saw Sharpe kill Radcliffe, but later admitted she was absent at the time of the shooting.

Sharpe is now eligible to claim up to $ 750,000 (£ 560,000) in compensation.

Cooper discussed the case, saying it was time people got the justice they deserve.

He said, “I have carefully examined Dontae Sharpe’s case and am pardoning him for innocence.

“Mr. Sharpe and others wrongly convicted deserve this injustice to be fully and publicly recognized.”

Sharpe protested his innocence throughout his sentence and refused to accept a lighter sentence in exchange for an admission of guilt.

After Sharpe was found innocent, he said, “I’m still in the fog, kind of. When you are dealing with us humans, it can go in any direction, yes and no.

“I didn’t know what to expect.

“My family’s name has been erased. It’s a burden on my shoulders and the shoulders of my family.”

Sharpe continues his fight to help others who have been wrongly convicted.

He added: “My freedom is still incomplete as long as people are wrongly imprisoned, when people are still wrongly imprisoned and there are still people waiting for pardons.

“I was in there and I know that there are people who are innocent and know that our system is corrupt and needs to be changed.”

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