Exonerated Man Seeks Pardon, Could Get Thousands Of $$

A North Carolina man exonerated after serving more than 16 years in prison for murder is seeking an official pardon from the governor, which could bring him cash.

Forty-seven-year-old Greg Taylor went to Gov. Beverly Perdue's office Friday to hand over his pardon request. He's eligible for $750,000 in compensation if pardoned.

Taylor says he hasn't thought about the money. He says he wants the formal pardon to put on his wall.

A three-judge panel declared Taylor innocent at the end of a groundbreaking hearing last month.

He was convicted in 1993 of the murder of a Raleigh prostitute.

The judges heard his case on the recommendation of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the only state-run innocence commission in the country.

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