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He Stole $50 and Got Life without Parole. 35 Years Later, He’s Coming Home.

The Washington Post

By Antonio Farzan

At 22, Alvin Kennard was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His crime? Stealing $50.75 from a bakery in 1983. Now 58, Kennard is coming home after spending more than 35 years — virtually his entire adult life — behind bars. On Wednesday, when an Alabama judge ordered that he be released from prison, more than a dozen friends and family members who had gathered in the courtroom leaped to their feet and cheered. “I fell apart,” Kennard’s niece, Patricia Jones, told WBRC. “I just threw my hands up and said, ‘God, I thank you, I thank you.’ ”

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