Wilmington 10 member says he will seek compensation

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Willie Vereen, who spent five years in prison for the 1971 firebombing of a grocery store during race riots in the city, is seeking compensation following a pardon issued by the Governor Bev Perdue.

You'll recall, the convictions for the 10 were overturned earlier this week after Gov. Perdue issued a pardon of innocence for the Wilmington 10, 44 years later.

This paves the way for the six surviving members of the group to seek compensation from North Carolina in an event that Vereen says forever changed him.

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