North Carolina Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 24 Years Has Been Pardoned
On 18th November 2021
This North Carolina man has served 24 years behind prison bar on charges of murder and after all these years finally, his innocence has been proved to the court and he is pardoned. It is reported that Dontae is now able to apply for compensation of up to $750,000. Talking about his freedom, Dontae says that his family name got cleared and this has relieved a huge burden on his shoulders but his freedom is not completed yet and he will continue to fight for all those people who are serving prison time on wrongful accusations.
Dontae Sharpe from North Carolina was only 19 years old in 1995 when he faced prison charges for the murder of 33-year old George Radcliffe during a drug deal a year earlier. He spent 24 years of his life in jail wrongfully accused.
Following his innocence proved, Dontae can now seek compensation of up to $750,000.
Talking about this case, governor Roy Cooper said it is high time that people like Mr. Sharpe got the justice they deserved.
He said: "I have carefully reviewed Dontae Sharpe's case and am granting him a Pardon of Innocence
"Mr Sharpe and others who have been wrongly convicted deserve to have that injustice fully and publicly acknowledged."
Reportedly Dontae always stood firm on his innocence claim and never accepted any offers of a lighter sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.
Following his pardon, he said: "I'm still in a haze, kind of. When you're dealing with us human beings, it can go any way, yes and no.
"I didn't know what to expect. I was believing for a pardon."
Adding: "My family's name has been cleared. It's a burden off of my shoulders and my family's shoulders."
After his pardon, Dontae says now he will commit himself to continue his fight for other people who have been wrongly convicted.
He said: "My freedom is still incomplete as long as there's still people going to prison wrongfully, if there's still people in prison wrongfully and there's still people that are waiting on pardons.
"I've been in there and know there are guys that are innocent and know that our system is corrupt and needs to be changed."
In the year 2020, the co-founder of Death Row Records, Michael 'Harry-O' Harris, received a pardon from Donald Trump.
Harris, 59, has been behind prison bars for 32 years on charges of convicted murder and cocaine trafficking.
It is reported that Snoop Dogg who signed with his label back in the 90s worked on his release, which got Trump's support despite the fact that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows advised against it, according to the Daily Mail.
At the time, a White House statement said: "Mr Harris has had an exemplary prison record for three decades. He is a former entrepreneur and has mentored and taught fellow prisoners how to start and run businesses. He has completed courses towards business and journalism degrees.
"Upon his release, Mr Harris will have a meaningful place of employment and housing with the support of his family."