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Marvin Lamont Anderson



"Rape, Kidnapping (abduction) and Robbery"


210 years

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Summary of Case:

"Marvin Lamont Anderson was wrongly convicted of the 1982 rape and robbery of a Hanover County woman based on her identification and the prosecution's concealment of exculpatory evidence. Martin L. Anderson was the first person exonerated under a new VA law allowing DNA evidence to supercede VA's 21 day rule for the introduction of new evidence. Marvin Anderson was convicted solely on the eyewitness testimony of the victim. He was paroled in 1997 after 15 years in prison. Anderson was cleared of the crime by the DNA tests four years later on December 6, 2001. Anderson was granted a full pardon by Virginia Governor Mark Warner on August 21, 2002. The actual rapist, John Otis Lincoln, was convicted in January 2003 and on March 27, 2003 was sentenced to 3 life terms plus 40 years. On February 22, 2003 the Virginia Legislature voted to pay Marvin Anderson $1.4 million - a lump sum of $200,000 plus $40,000 a year tax-free for 30 years."

Conviction Caused By:

Eyewitness error and prosecution misconduct.

Innocence Proved By:

DNA evidence excluded Anderson as the woman's attacker. He was the first person exonerated by DNA testing allowed by a new VA law only permitting a DNA evidence exception to VA's 21-day rule for the introduction of new evidence after sentencing.

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"$1.4 million (State of Virginia, 2-22-2003 -- $200,000 lump sum plus $40,000 a year tax-free for 30 years.)"

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"Wrongly Convicted Man Will Get Lifetime Payments, By Ron Capshaw, Capital News Service, February 26, 2003"

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"Man Sentenced in Rape Case, Bob Piazza (staff writer), Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 27, 2003"

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