Ronnie Long, wrongly imprisoned in NC for 44 years, gets $750,000 in compensation

Ronnie Long, wrongly imprisoned in NC for 44 years, gets $750,000 in compensation
Long received $750,000. It is by law the state’s top compensation for victims of wrongful incarceration. (Source: Ron Lee/WBTV)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A man who served nearly 44 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit has received compensation from the state of North Carolina.

Ronnie Long told The Charlotte Observer that it’s not nearly enough. Long received $750,000.

It is by law the state’s top compensation for victims of wrongful incarceration. Long was convicted of raping the widow of a Cannon Mills executive in 1976 by an all-white jury in Concord.

Potentially exculpatory evidence was either intentionally withheld from his defense team or disappeared. And there was a tampered pool of potential jurors.

A federal court overturned Long’s conviction. And he was pardoned by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Long walked free six weeks after his mother’s death.

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