CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Governor Ralph Northam recently granted an absolute pardon to Bobbie Morman, a Norfolk man who was wrongfully convicted in 1993 for shooting a gun out of a car.

Morman spent 22 years in prison despite the fact no one was hurt in the incident He owes his freedom in large part to the University of Virginia School of Law's Innocence Project.

Morman was only 18 years old when he was taken into custody for a crime he did not commit. Though evidence and testimonies supported Morman’s innocence, he was sentenced to 48 years in prison. 

In 2015, the Innocence Project at UVA picked up Morman’s case. Jennifer Givens, Director of the project, says that Morman’s case highlights the unreliability of eyewitness identifications. 

“Everybody involved in the crime admitted at the time of trial and before that Bobbie Morman had nothing to do with this, and so what we know undeniably is that eyewitness identifications are unreliable and faulty and are the leading cause of wrongful convictions in this country,” she said. 

An absolute pardon is very rare. Unlike a common or conditional pardon, this releases the wrongdoer from punishment and removes the conviction from the record.

Givens stated that though the Virginia justice system needs reforming, this absolute pardon marks a step in the right direction. For more information on the Innocence Project, click here