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After nearly 30 years, Va. inmate expected to be released

A Virginia inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for at least one rape he didn’t commit is expected to be released on parole this week.

Innocence Project spokesman Paul Cates says Thomas Haynesworth will likely be released Monday from the Greensville Correctional Facility.

The New York-based Innocence Project has represented the 45-year-old Richmond man.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday that Haynesworth had been granted parole.

Haynesworth was convicted of two rapes and an abduction in 1984. The Virginia Supreme Court exonerated Haynesworth of one rape in 2009 after testing of semen implicated another man.

There was no biological evidence in the other two crimes. The Innocence Project says those convictions also should be tossed out. A March 30 hearing is set before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

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