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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for stealing set of hedge trimmers is freed after spending 23 years in prison

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A man sentenced to life imprisonment for stealing a pair of hedge clippers has been freed on parole 23 years on, after a lengthy battle to get him out.

 

Fair Wayne Bryant, 63, has been in the US’s largest maximum-security jail, Angola, since 1997.

 

The Supreme Court had repeatedly declined to review his sentence for being a “habitual” offender under the USA’s three strikes law.

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But Bryant, of Louisiana, was granted parole last Thursday shortly after the Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole voted for the move.

 

His new-found freedom comes after years of campaigning by human rights groups including the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union, NBC News reports.

 

Man sentenced to life imprisonment for stealing set of hedge trimmers is freed after spending 23 years in prison

 

Bryant was 38 when he was caught red-handed stealing a pair of clippers from a carport storeroom at a home in Shreveport and arrested in January 1997.

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He had been convicted of burglary that year and had previous convictions, so was sentenced to life in prison under state law under the USA’s three strikes law.

 

Mr Bryant will now enter a programme in Baton Rouge which teaches prisoners how to adjust to life as a free man.

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Authorities will let him move into his brother’s home in Shreveport on completion of the programme.

 

Man sentenced to life imprisonment for stealing set of hedge trimmers is freed after spending 23 years in prison

 

Mr Bryant must also abide by a curfew, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and complete community service.

 

Human rights groups called the board’s decision to grant parole a “long-overdue victory.”

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Rapper Yung6ix rants on Instagram after valuables items were stolen from his car in the US (video)

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Nigerian rapper, Yung6ix, who is now based in the US took to Instagram to rant in anger after valuables items were stolen from his car.

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According to Yung6ix, his car was broken into and some valuable items including customized teeth Grillz and Versace shades were stolen.

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Friends drink beer on a bad road in Owerri to draw attention to the state of the road

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Three friends set up a table in the middle of a bad road in Owerri and drank beer there to draw attention to the state of the road.

 

The friends took off their footwears and the lady in their midst rolled up her trousers as they sat in the middle of the road, their feet dirty with mud.

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Passers-by are seen looking at the friends inquisitively.

 

They shared the photos online while calling for an end to bad governance.

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“I had am amazing time with my friends today, but honestly people are suffering here,” the caption on the photo reads, adding, “At this point I think it’s high time we voice out concerning the way things seems to be going in terms of governance.”

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Friends drink beer on a bad road in Owerri to draw attention to the state of the road

Friends drink beer on a bad road in Owerri to draw attention to the state of the road

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Actress Joke Jigan slams a follower who called her out after she shared before and now photos

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Actress Joke Jigan has slammed a follower who accused her of not being proud of her dark skin after she shared before and now photos showing the change in her skin colour.

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The actress shared two photos of herself to Instagram. In one of the photos, she was looking dark-skinned. In the second photo, her skin had become considerably lighter.

 

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A follower commented, “This is rubbish. You’re not proud of your dark skin hmmm secondary slavery (sic)”

 

And Joke Jigan hit back, writing: “Your mother wasted 9 months of her life because of 200 naira postinor! I weep for her.”

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Joke also called the follower an idiot while responding to another follower.

 

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