Man Still Seeking Pardon, Compensation After Leaving Prison

Jul 12, 2021

A North Carolina man who served 26 years in prison for a murder he said he didn’t commit is still seeking a pardon and compensation. Dontae Sharpe told The Raleigh News & Observer on Friday that he wants to be able to support a family that includes his daughter and two grandchildren. He said he also wants to help out his mother after she spent her savings sending him money in prison and trying to prove his innocence. North Carolina’s governor currently holds the power to trigger compensation by granting a pardon. Sharpe was 19 when he was sent to prison for the 1994 murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe. He was released from a Pitt County courtroom in 2019.