Haynesworth granted parole and conditional release

Press release from Office of Governor Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Upon the request of Governor Bob McDonnell to review the case, the Virginia Parole Board has voted to grant parole and conditional release to Thomas Haynesworth.

Haynesworth was convicted in 1984 for sexual assaults in Henrico and Richmond. In 2009, the Virginia Supreme Court issued a Writ of Actual Innocence to Haynesworth, exonerating him for certain of his Richmond convictions based on DNA evidence from the case. The biological evidence collected at the crime scene implicated another individual who had multiple sexual assault convictions from 1984 in the same geographic area.

Haynesworth has maintained his claims of innocence of all crimes and has petitioned the Virginia Supreme Court for Writs of Actual Innocence to his remaining convictions. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is representing the Commonwealth in this matter and does not oppose the Writs.

"In light of the unique circumstances of this case, I asked the Parole Board to conduct an immediate review of this case in order to determine if Mr. Haynesworth is suitable for parole," Governor McDonnell said. "The Parole Board thoroughly reviewed this case according to their standard procedures and policies.  Mr. Haynesworth is being conditionally released according to terms set by the Parole Board and will remain under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. I will follow the Writ of Actual Innocence process as it moves forward and will consider a petition for pardon, should one be filed."