Wrongfully convicted man pardoned by new Indiana governor felt abandoned by Pence

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CHICAGO — A Chicago man who spent more than eight years in prison for a wrongful conviction says he's angry that his name wasn't cleared by Vice President Mike Pence during his time as Indiana governor.

Forty-nine-year Keith Cooper said during a news conference Friday in Chicago that he felt abandoned by Pence but was thankful that new Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb granted him a pardon Thursday.

Cooper was convicted for a 1996 robbery in Elkhart, Indiana, during which a teenager was shot. He was released from prison in 2006 after a co-defendant's conviction was overturned but the felony conviction had remained on his record.

Cooper's attorney said he believed Pence didn't act on the pardon request for political reasons.

A Pence spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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