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.
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.
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.
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.
Authorities will let him move into his brother’s home in Shreveport on completion of the programme.
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.”
“I witnessed that thin line separating life and death”- Speaker Gbajabiamila’s aide narrates how he escaped being crushed to death by a truck in Abuja
Hamza Ibrahim Baba, the Special Assistant to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Humanitarian Affairs, escaped death in a multiple collision that left one person dead.
The accident which occurred on Friday, November 27, at Mpape Junction along the Nmandi Azikiwe Express Road in Abuja, involved a fuel tanker and two tipper trucks.
Read his post below:
It was so close.
Yes it was so close this afternoon at Mpape Junction along the Nmandi Azikiwe Express Road. I have not recovered from the shock of what happened and the reality is dawning on me that I could have been history.
Today I witnessed that thin line separating life and death. I escaped by the grace of ALLAH S.W.T because it is not yet my time. But it was so close.
I planned to meet Julius the P.O.P guy who I earlier called to meet me at that junction by 1.00pm. I later rescheduled the meeting to 3pm because of Friday Prayers. I arrived at that our meeting point 1 hour later by 4.00pm. Julius had waited and had left by the time I arrived and therefore I had to wait for him to come back.
While I was waiting for Julius, the ugly incident happened. A tanker carrying fuel came out from Mpapae with speed and hit another tipper also emerging from same direction carrying stones. Before my eyes, the trailer fell down and summersaulted and hit another tipper which also fell and came towards where I was parked with high speed.
I was seeing it coming towards me and I was so perplexed I couldn’t do a thing. It happened so suddenly and so spontaneously I thought it was all over. I just closed my eyes praying and waited for the collision when the tipper screeched to a halt just about 2 fts or less away pouring tones of stones on my car.
I couldn’t remember how I managed to drive a few metres away. I couldn’t see the road because of the dust and so much pandemonium as people were running away from the accident scene in different direction.. It was a miracle but somehow Allah S.W.T had destined we have more days to live. I later learnt one person wasn’t so lucky as he was crushed by the tipper.
Julius my guy came running towards my car crying and asked whether I was safe. He hugged me and I couldn’t hold tears running from my eyes. I could see his genuine concern for my safety.
I don’t know how to do Thanksgiving because we don’t really do it, but all I will say “it was so close”. I will surely do my own version of Thanksgiving.
Alhamdulillah MaashaAllah. We shall all live long InshaAllah. Not only we live long, but our long lives shall benefit and impact positively on others.
I really deserved not only prayers but bottle of coke from you.
May Allah safeguard us.
Lady given thread and needle to sew her ripped jeans before she could get a National ID in Port Harcourt
Twitter influencer, Lazy Writa has narrated how a lady was allegedly given a thread and needle to sew her ripped jeans before she could get a National ID in Port Harcourt.
He stated that this happened even after the lady paid N3,000 to get the I.D Card. He also claimed that another girl was sent home for wearing short skirt on grounds of “not having respect for the Nigerian government”.
Lazy Writa said this happened at Elimg alt=’Lady given thread and needle to sew her ripped jeans before she could get a National ID in Port Harcourt’ class=’img-responsive text-center’ style=’margin: auto;’bolu Civic Centre in Port Harcourt. He tweeted;
“The God that did my own will do yours too” – Nigerian lady celebrates as she enters airplane for the first time in her life
A Nigerian lady, Olawunmi was full of smiles on Friday, November 20, when she boarded an airplane for the first time in her life.
The first time flier shared the good news on Twitter along with photos of herself about to board the plane.
“The God that did my own that I enter aeroplane today for the first time will do yours too o” she wrote.