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