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Man serving life terms for robberies released after pardon

June 28, 2018 GMT
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In this Wednesday, June 27, 2018 photo, Lenny Singleton and his wife Vandy embrace after Singleton was released from St. Bride's prison in Chesapeake. Va., following his January, 2018 pardoned by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In the 1990s, a Norfolk judge sentenced Singleton to two life terms plus 110 years in prison for a series of "grab and dash" robberies in which no one was injured and Singleton made off with only $550. Singleton says he blames himself for the crimes, but McAuliffe said in his pardon that the court had "unjustly imposed a deeply severe punishment." (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
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In this Wednesday, June 27, 2018 photo, Lenny Singleton and his wife Vandy embrace after Singleton was released from St. Bride's prison in Chesapeake. Va., following his January, 2018 pardoned by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In the 1990s, a Norfolk judge sentenced Singleton to two life terms plus 110 years in prison for a series of "grab and dash" robberies in which no one was injured and Singleton made off with only $550. Singleton says he blames himself for the crimes, but McAuliffe said in his pardon that the court had "unjustly imposed a deeply severe punishment." (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A man serving two life sentences for stealing a total of $550 is free after being pardoned earlier this year by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Lenny Singleton left the St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake Wednesday after 23 years behind bars.

Singleton had been in the U.S. Navy before becoming addicted to drugs. He was sentenced to two life sentences plus 110 years robbing several people of a total of $550. According to the newspaper, no one was injured.

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Singleton says he blames himself for the crimes, but McAuliffe said in his pardon that the court had “unjustly imposed a deeply severe punishment.”

Singleton says he and his wife plan to start a website that helps others getting out of prison.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com