Thanks for the chance to assist on this matter. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience in criminal
I am sorry to have to bear bad news. Under federal law you have 30 days to file a motion with the court
to challenge the verdict/sentence
So if this happened in 1981, it is too late for a motion.
And federal law does not offer "expungement
" or sealing of records.
The only thing available to you, based on what you describe, would be a pardon from the President.
Under federal law, the President has the power to commute (make a punishment less severe) or fully pardon (make the conviction go away)
You can start the process to apply for a pardon herehttp://www.justice.gov/pardon/pardon_instructions.htm
You meet the 5 year waiting requirement...so you are eligible to apply.
Not easy to accomplish...but historically Presidents DO grant pardons, typically for meritorious cases. That is, cases where there is a conviction but the facts suggest that the conviction was unjust.
So this is certainly something you can pursue
You would do well to have an attorney with experience in filing them help you