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Screenwriter Tennessee man seeks $1M after 31 years in prison

NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – A Tennessee man who has more than 31 years in prison before new DNA evidence led to his rape and burglary conviction is destroyed, is asking the state for $1 million in damages.

The Tennessean reports that attorneys for 61-year-old Lawrence McKinney of Wilson County submitted a request with the state Board of Claims on Thursday.

McKinney’s 1978 conviction in Memphis was overturned in 2009, and he was released from prison. But he could not ask for a fee to Gov. Bill Haslam acquitted him Dec. 20.

It is typical for the dismissed people to ask for and to receive money if they served time on a reversed conviction.

McKinney, one of the lawyers said in the request that other laid-off people receive $37,000 to $71,000 per year of wrongful incarceration. The statutory maximum is $1 million.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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