Herman Wallace, an ex-member of the Black Panthers movement, died this past week of liver cancer, just days after getting out of prison.
The 71-year-old man had just finished a sentencing that lasted 41 years and kept him in solitary confinement, when he suddenly passed away three days after.
His attourneys told the press:
‘One of the final things that Herman said to us was, “I am free. I am free.”
“He was very comfortable and surrounded by loved ones. He was grateful that he was alive on free soil.”
NBC News reports:
The judge said on Tuesday that Wallace’s petition was granted because women were excluded from the grand jury in his case four decades ago, violating the Fourteenth Amendment.
The state was given 30 days to notify Wallace if it planned to re-indict him, the court ruling said.
Originally serving time for unrelated cases of armed robbery, Wallace and fellow prisoner Albert Woodfox were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972, and placed in isolation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison.
At least Wallace was able to pass with his loved ones by his side, and as a free man. We pray for his family during this time.
SOURCE: NBC | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty