Messiah Johnson spent 20 years in prison for a robbery he didn’t commit; he hopes Northam will grant absolute pardon | State and Regional News

Andrew M. Santos






Messiah Johnson

Messiah Johnson, who has waited four years in hopes of an absolute pardon for a robbery he didn’t commit, spoke with the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Zoom on Jan. 8, 2022.




In exoneration, Messiah Johnson looks for Gov. Northam to “make the right decision”







Messiah Johnson spent more than 20 years in prison for a beauty salon robbery he didn’t commit. He’s since started a trucking business and recently bought a home, and he wants to employ people returning from incarceration.

But he needs one last thing to get his life back. Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2018, at the end of his term, granted Johnson a partial pardon (called a conditional pardon) based on credible evidence he was innocent. Johnson has waited four years, hoping Gov. Ralph Northam would grant an absolute pardon.

But the Northam administration recently notified Johnson’s lawyers

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