RALEIGH, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday granted a Pardon of Innocence for Charles Ray Finch of Wilson, who was convicted in 1975 of a crime he did not commit.
After 43 years in prison, the former death row inmate was freed in 2019 after a wrongful murder conviction.
Finch’s pardon application was thoroughly reviewed by the Office of Executive Clemency, the Office of the General Counsel and the governor.
“I have carefully reviewed Charles Ray Finch’s case and am granting him a Pardon of Innocence. Mr. Finch and others who have been wrongly convicted deserve to have that injustice fully and publicly acknowledged,” said Cooper.
This pardon makes Finch eligible to file a claim under North Carolina law, which allows compensation to persons wrongly convicted of felonies.