After 13 years behind bars for trying to break in to a church ki
tchen to find something to eat, a man who became an example of the harsh sentences allowed by California's three-strikes law has been ordered released from prison.
A Superior Court judge amended Gregory Taylor's sentence to eight years already served and the 47-year-old, who was sentenced in 1997 to 25 years to life, will be a free man in a few days.
Tears streamed down Taylor's face and Judge Peter Espinoza asked a bailiff to get him a tissue.
'I thought I was going to cry too,' said law student Reiko Rogozen, who started working on the case in January as part of Stanford Law School's Three-Strikes Project, which filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking freedom for Taylor. 'He was scared up until the last minute that it wasn't actually going to happen.'
The district attorney did not oppose the group's move.