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Man to regain freedom after 36 years in US prison over $50 theft

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– After spending 36 years in prison for robbing a bakery of $50.75, a United States citizen identified as Alvin Kennard will finally regain his freedom
– A judge in Alabama, United States, has ordered that Kennard, 58, be released from his life sentence
– Kennard was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for robbing a bakery with a knife in 1983 when he was 22 years
A judge in Alabama, United States, has ordered that a man identified as Alvin Kennard who robbed a bakery of $50.75 (£41.72) be released from his life sentence.

BBC reports that Kennard, 58, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for robbing a bakery with a knife in 1983 when he was 22 years.

Kennard pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced under strict rules introduced in the 1970s to discourage repeat offenders.

He was said to have breached the old Habitual Felony Offender Act, otherwise known as the Three Strikes Law. The law has now been changed to allow offenders the possibility of parole.

His lawyer, Carla Crowder, said Kennard was overwhelmed at the opportunity and that he would be looked after by family. Crowder said: “What’s extraordinary about Mr Kennard is that even when he thought he was going to be in prison for the rest of his life, he really turned his life around.”

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