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East Tenn. man gets presidential pardon half century after $40 crime

Kevin Connelly • Mar 18, 2013 at 6:34 AM

ATHENS — A money order for $40.83 cost Roy Grimes more than he could have ever imagined.

After living 52 years as a felon for altering the payee’s name and then cashing a money order he and a friend came across back in 1960, Grimes feels that his debt has been paid. Now, he has the documentation to prove it.

On March 1, Grimes was in his Athens, Tenn., home when he received a phone call from his lawyer, Patrick Noel, who informed him that his request for a presidential pardon had been approved.

“I told him, ‘Hallelujah!’ ” said a smiling Grimes on Friday after getting his first look at the pardon. “It’s been a real albatross for me.”