Man finally regains freedom after 36 years in US prison over $50 theft

Man finally regains freedom after 36 years in US prison over $50 theft

- After spending 36 years in prison for robbing a bakery of $50.75 (that's about R758), a United States citizen identified as Alvin Kennard will finally regain his freedom

- A judge in Alabama, United States, has ordered that Kennard, 58, be released from his life sentence

- Kennard was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for robbing a bakery armed with a knife in 1983 when he was 22 years old

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A judge in Alabama, United States, has ordered that a man, identified as Alvin Kennard, who robbed a bakery of $50.75 (about R758), be released from his life sentence. This is according to the BBC.

Briefly.co.za gathers that Kennard pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced under strict rules introduced in the 1970s to discourage repeat offenders.

Alvin Kennard: Man to regain freedom after 36 years in prison over $50 theft

Alvin Kennard. Photo credit: ABC News
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He was said to have breached the old Habitual Felony Offender Act, otherwise known as the Three Strikes Law.

The law has now been changed to allow offenders the possibility of parole.

His lawyer, Carla Crowder, said Kennard was overwhelmed at the opportunity and that he would be looked taken care of by family.

Crowder said: "What's extraordinary about Mr Kennard is that even when he thought he was going to be in prison for the rest of his life, he really turned his life around."

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that President Donald Trump of the United States told four congresswomen of colour to go back to where they came from and fix the rot instead of telling the people of US how their government should be run.

Trump made the call in a Twitter thread on Sunday, 14 July, in which he said the congresswomen of colour originally came from countries whose governments are the most corrupt and inept in the world.

The US president did not mention the four congresswomen's name but his reference to house speaker, Nancy Pelosi, suggested that President Trump was talking about the congresswomen identified as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar.

President Trump said Pelosi would happily organise for them to leave the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the United States, but Omar came to the US as a 12-year-old refugee.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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