An Alabama man who has spent decades in jail as part of a life sentenced has been released from prison.
Alvin Kennard, who was 22 when he was sentenced to life without parole in the 1980s for a $50 robbery, is now being released from jail at the age of 58. He was released by Circuit Court Judge David Carpenter, who re-sentenced the man, basing his decision off of current sentencing guidelines in Alabama.
At the time of his sentencing, Kennard fell under Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act, which allowed for a life sentence without parole if the offender had committed previous acts, even for a relatively trivial crime.
Kennard says that he plans to now live with his family in the state and become a carpenter.