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Supporters of NC man freed from prison demand Cooper pardon

Supporters of NC man freed from prison demand Cooper pardon
Supporters of NC man freed from prison demand Cooper pardon(AP)
Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 11:32 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Dozens of people have gathered to urge the governor to pardon a North Carolina man who served more than two decades behind bars for a murder he said he didn’t commit.

Dontae Sharpe and his allies held a vigil Friday in front of Gov. Roy Cooper’s state residence.

Sharpe was released from prison in 2019 when a judge ordered a new trial for him and the prosecutor wouldn’t pursue a retrial. He filed a pardon application.

A pardon of innocence means Sharpe would receive monetary compensation. A Cooper spokesperson said a decision would occur by the end of the year.

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