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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.

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.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,