Par­doned pair to get $1mil­lion

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - Two broth­ers will re­ceive more than $1 mil­lion from North Carolina fol­low­ing their wrong­ful im­pris­on­ment

for three decades in the killing of an 11-year-old girl. But for one of them, the wind­fall isn’t the is­sue.

“It ain’t about money,” said Henry McCol­lum, 51, who, along with his 47-yearold brother, Leon Brown, was par­doned by Gov. Pat McCrory. “It was about just be­ing able to see that I was in­no­cent of a crime I was charged with. It was just a bless­ing to be out here, to live a nor­mal life.”

McCrory’s of­fice an­nounced Fri­day that he had signed the par­dons.

De­fense at­tor­neys have said the broth­ers were scared teenagers who had low IQs when they were ques­tioned by po­lice and co­erced into con­fess­ing. McCol­lum was then 19, and Brown was 15.

No phys­i­cal ev­i­dence con­nects them to the crime, a judge and pros­e­cu­tor ac­knowl­edged last fall.

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