Pardoned man says he doesn’t resent victim who ID’ed him


A Virginia man pardoned after spending 29 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit says he hasn’t yet fully contemplated how he will use his freedom.

Michael McAlister told reporters Thursday that he will attend a concert this weekend, and he really missed fishing while he was locked up for an attempted rape that was committed by another man. He hopes to seek compensation for his ordeal from the state but hasn’t had time to really think about it.

He says he harbors no resentment toward the woman whose misidentification put him in prison. He says she’s as much a victim of the mistake as he is.

McAlister was released Wednesday evening after receiving a full pardon from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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