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Tears of Joy for Va. Family as Man Pardoned After 29 Years

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Police photos of Michael Kenneth McAlister (left) and Norman Bruce Derr that were used in McAlister's 1986 trial. (Photo: Richmond Police Department) Police photos of Michael Kenneth McAlister (left) and Norman Bruce Derr that were used in McAlister's 1986 trial. (Photo: Richmond Police Department)
This Aug. 22, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Deptment of Corrections shows Michael Kenneth McAlister. (Virginia Deptment of Corrections via AP) This Aug. 22, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Deptment of Corrections shows Michael Kenneth McAlister. (Virginia Deptment of Corrections via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A wrongly convicted Virginia man's family shed tears of joy upon learning that he received a pardon from the governor after 29 years in prison.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted the full pardon Wednesday to 58-year-old Michael Kenneth McAlister, who was convicted of attempted rape based on mistaken identification by the victim. Authorities say the real perpetrator is a serial rapist who's serving three life terms in prison.

McAlister's sister, Denise Haas, says family members cried happy tears when they learned about the decision on a conference call with McAlister's lawyers. She said the family is looking forward to making up for missed time with McAlister after he's released.

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