Gov. Pat McCrory gave a pardon of innocence today to a man wrongly convicted of a 1988 slaying in Greensboro.
LaMonte Burton Armstrong, now 63 and living in Chapel Hill, had been released from prison in 2012 after a key witness recanted testimony that falsely linked Armstrong to the killing of Ernestine Compton, a professor at N.C. A & T.
The governor informed LaMonte Burton Armstrong of the pardon in a phone call today, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
McCrory’s pardon will mean Armstrong is eligible for compensation for the 16-plus years he spent in prison.