Man wrongfully jailed 24 years despite witness saying she lied is pardoned

A man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, has been pardoned.

Donte Sharpe has been granted a full pardon by North Caroline Governor, Roy Copper on Friday.

Sharpe was just 19-years-old when he was sentenced in 1995 for murdering 33-year-old George Radcliffe during a drug deal.

He spent over two decades fighting to clear his name despite a key state witness admitting she had lied in court.

At the time the case relied on a 15-year-old girl to give evidence, she claimed she saw Sharpe kill Radcliffe but later admitted she wasn't present at the time of the shooting.

Sharpe is now eligible to apply for compensation of up to $750,000 (£560,000).

Discussing the case, Cooper said it is time that people got the justice they deserve.

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."

Sharpe maintained his innocence throughout his sentence and refused to take a lighter sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.

After being declared innocent, Sharpe 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."

"My family's name has been cleared. It's a burden off of my shoulders and my family's shoulders."

Sharpe continues his fight to help others who have been convicted wrongfully.

He added: "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."

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