Man who spent 23 years in prison for stealing hedge clippers granted parole

Man who spent 23 years in prison for stealing hedge clippers granted parole

[Ed. – The headline, picked up verbatim from CBS is deliberately misleading, as you will discover when you reach the second paragraph below. It would have been more honest to cast the headline in terms of the law, which the network argues is unfair.] 

A 63-year-old man who was serving a life sentence in prison for stealing a pair of hedge clippers has been granted parole, CBS affiliate KLFY reported. The Louisiana Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole voted this week to release Fair Wayne Bryant after he had served 23 years in prison.

Bryant was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 for stealing the hedge clippers from a residential garage. While the crime itself did not warrant the life sentence, his four prior felony convictions — an attempted armed robbery, possession of stolen goods, attempted forgery of a check, and simple burglary — triggered Louisiana’s habitual offender statute, according to KLFY.

Earlier this year, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld that ruling in a 5-1 decision, KLFY said. The chief justice cast the only dissenting vote. …

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