(NewsOne) – Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the “Angola 3,” was finally freed from West Feliciana Parish Jail on Friday, Feb 19, after spending more than four decades in solitary confinement.
As the 69-year old drove off from the detention center with his brother, he told the media that one of the first things he wanted to do was visit his mother’s grave, given that he hadn’t been granted a temporary release to go to her funeral, BBC wrote.
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Woodfox and his then fellow inmate the late Herman Wallace were found guilty of murder for the 1972 stabbing death of prison guard Brent Miller, 23, at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, where Woodfox has been serving 5 years for armed robbery at the time.
However, over the years Woodfox maintained that he had nothing to do with Miller’s death. Instead, he and his supporters claim that the murder was unjustly pinned on him and Wallace by prison officials in order to undercut their Black Panther activism from flourishing among other African-American prisoners, says NOLA.com.
The current plea deal, which includes time served, comes after decades of lengthy legal battles including three guilty verdicts and two thrown out convictions. In order to be free, Woodfox pleaded “no contest” to a lesser charge. However, he is clear: This was not an admission of guilt.
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