Wrongfully convicted inmate dies two weeks after release

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Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 2:11 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who spent years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a 1979 rape has died just two weeks after he was granted a compassionate release on an unrelated conviction.

Calvin Wayne Cunningham was released from prison for the rape conviction in 1988 and exonerated in 2011 as part of Virginia’s post-conviction DNA testing program. He was in prison serving time for unrelated convictions for grand larceny and other charges when he was diagnosed last month with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

His lawyer won a compassionate release from the Virginia State Parole Board.

Cunningham was released on May 3. His daughter said he died Monday.

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