Gov. signs bill to give Thomas Haynesworth over $1 million

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 05, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit will soon get paid by the state.

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill passed by the General Assembly that gives Thomas Haynesworth slightly more than $1 million. [BONUS: Thomas Haynesworth's first year of freedom]

In a statement, the McDonnell  said Haynesworth's conviction was a tragedy, and even though the state cannot return the years he served time, the state can assist him as he rebuilds his life.

"Now, as Mr. Haynesworth begins the next chapter in his life, it is morally right for Virginia to provide him with a means to financial security and the ability to move on with his future," said McDonnell. "This restitution will help ensure that Mr. Haynesworth is able to build upon his freedom and return to society in a successful way."

The sum comes out to just under $40,000  for each year Haynesworth served.