I Am Ronnie Long. I Was Wrongfully Convicted, Spent 44 Years In Prison And Was Just Pardoned By NC Gov. Roy Cooper AMA
My name is Ronnie Long.
I spent 44 years of my life in North Carolina prisons as an innocent man.
I was convicted in 1976 at a trial in Cabarrus County, N.C. that denied me my basic rights and showed what a toxic, racist criminal justice system the state of North Carolina has. I was 21 when I was convicted by a white jury of raping a white woman. The district attorney and judges were white, the police from Concord Police Department lied on the stand and hid evidence for 30 years like fingerprints and a rape kit that proved my innocence. It wasn’t a trial, it was a modern-day lynching.
I was finally released from prison this August after a federal court agreed with me that I had been robbed of 44 years of my life. I am now 65 and have been living off of donations since while I waited for a pardon from Gov. Roy Cooper which would allow me compensation from a state fund for wrongfully convicted people. The governor gave me the pardon on Thursday, and now I feel I might be able to live a comfortable life.
You can read more about what happened in this Cardinal ＆ Pine article: https://cardinalpine.com/story/wrongfully-imprisoned-for-44-years-ronnie-long-waits-on-roy-cooper-to-pardon-him/
Watch an interview with me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLF-pMihT6Q&feature=emb_title
And read more on my website https://freeronnielongnow.org/