Man Wrongly Jailed For 31 Years Becomes Millionaire

March 22, 2018
Prison Cell

Lawrence McKinney, a 61-year-old who was wrongly jailed for 31 years, has just been awarded $1 million from the state of Tennessee. 

Fox 17 Nashville is reporting that McKinney was exonerated after DNA evidence cleared him of a rape and burglary conviction that he received in 1978.

The convection was over-turned back in 2009 and he was released from prison after serving 31 years. At the time McKinney was given $75 for his time served.

"All my 20s and all my 30s and 40s, they were taken away from me,” McKinney said to FOX 17 News. “I didn't have a chance to build something for myself."

McKinney was exonerated by Tennesee governor Bill Haslam on December 20th of last year which allowed him to seek compensation from the state. He was awarded $1 million from the Tennessee Board of Claims yesterday, March 21st, 2018.

He was given an initial payment of $353,000 to pay for his legal fees and will now receive.  The remaining $647,000 will be paid out in monthly installments over the next ten years starting May 1st of this year.