Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia has signed legislation that will provide exoneree Thomas Haynesworth with roughly $1 million in compensation for the 27 years that he spent wrongfully imprisoned. Haynesworth was convicted of a series of Richmond-area sexual assaults that occurred in the 80’s and declared innocent by the Virginia Court of Appeals in December of 2011. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Haynesworth is content with the sum:
“It’s not what it could have been, but it’s all right, I’m content with it,” he said.
“You always want more,” he said, noting how many years he spent in prison. “You think you’re worth more and your life’s worth more.”
The settlement comes out to roughly $37,000 for each year Haynesworth spent in prison, still falling short of the $50,000 per-year federal standard.