Man, 58, Granted an Absolute Pardon After Being in Jail for 29 Years

Uncanny resemblance to a criminal led to Michael McAlister being picked out in a lineup and wrongfully convicted.
1:22 | 05/15/15

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We move on now to Virginia, major developments in a case of mistaken identity. Three decades old. Take a look tonight at these two pictures. One of these men spending 29 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. The other, who looked a lot like him at the time, now confessing. ABC's Linzie Janis and the decision that set the prisoner free. Reporter: Tonight, Michael Mcalister reunited with his mother and sister after spending nearly 30 years in prison. The governor of Virginia, granting the 58-year-old an absolute pardon Wednesday. Go home and eat. How do you feel? Wonderful. Better than I felt in over 20 years. And I'm ready to cook his dinner. Reporter: The wrongful conviction, due to Mcalister's uncanny resemblance to another man, Norman Bruce durr. The crime? The attempted sexual assault of a woman in this laundry room inside a Richmond apartment building back in 1986. At the time, that woman identifying Mcalister in this photo lineup. But shortly after, durr was convicted of a string of assaults in the area, and he recently confessed to this crime, too. Tonight, Mcalister telling us, he's moving on. I'm feeling overjoyed.

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