Man Imprisoned Because of Lie Is Pardoned

Associated Press

A young man who spent 15 months in prison for a break-in because of a lie told by two neighbor girls was pardoned Thursday by Gov. George F. Allen and released to his parents.

Christopher Prince, 19, had been sentenced to six years after pleading no contest, on the advice of his lawyer, to breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

A 13-year-old girl had picked Prince out of a lineup and said he entered her bedroom and told her he intended to have sex with her. Her 12-year-old friend also said she saw Prince in the house that night in 1994.

In October, both girls admitted that they had lied. They have not said why.

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