Past Posts on Michael Kenneth McAlister case:
News Release from Governors Office:
“Today I am issuing an absolute pardon for Michael Kenneth McAlister. My staff and I have carefully and thoroughly reviewed the documentation in this case and concluded that a pardon is appropriate in light of the overwhelming evidence, including a recent confession by another individual, pointing to Mr. McAlister’s actual innocence of the crime for which he was convicted.
“Mr. McAlister has served 29 years in prison, and he had faced the potential to be civilly committed for a crime he did not commit. A number of individuals in the law enforcement community, including the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of
, have concluded that this crime was
committed by another individual, and that Mr. McAlister should be freed to
return to his family and his community. I have reached the same conclusion, and
I have acted in accordance with the law. Richmond