Mutulu Shakur is an American activist and former Black Liberation Army member who was sentenced to sixty years in prison for his role in the 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored truck that killed a guard and two police officers.
MUTULU SHAKUR, 2PAC’S STEPFATHER, Received a Deathbed Prison Release.
2Pac’s stepfather Mutulu Shakur has allegedly been granted compassionate release from jail citing worsening health. According to The Intercept, the 72-year-old was granted to spend his last days outside of jail by the U.S. Parole Commission on Thursday (November 10). (November 10). Shakur was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, with a Bureau of Prisons doctor declaring in May he had fewer than six months to live.
After 36 years in prison, Mutulu Shakur is prepared to spend his last days in Southern California. He was previously refused jail release 10 times until an October hearing when the federal parole committee recognized he maintained a perfect institutional record and was no longer a risk to society.
The parole commission said.
“We now find your medical condition renders you so infirm of mind and body that you are no longer physically capable of committing any Federal, State, or local crime,”.
Despite being seriously sick with a terminal illness at the time, the same parole committee rejected his release in September. Despite medical records confirming his deterioration in physical function, disorientation, and hallucinations, he is just now eligible for release.
Shakur was convicted of racketeering conspiracy charges in 1981 for his role in the heist of a Brink’s armored vehicle, which resulted in the deaths of a guard and two police officers.
Accepted Guilt and Regret
He accepted guilt and showed regret before being convicted of assisting 2Pac’s activist godmother, Assata Shakur, in escaping from jail. Mutulu Shakur was imprisoned under “old law,” a set of federal sentencing rules in existence for offenses committed before 1987, which means his parole choices have been overseen by the U.S. Parole Commission, which was supposed to be phased out decades ago.
A judge who denied Shakur’s request for compassionate release in 2020 told him he could reapply when he was “on the verge of death.” That same judge, who is now 90 years old, sentenced him over 30 years ago.
One of Mutulu Shakur’s attorneys Brad Thomson said: “We are relieved that the Parole Commission now recognizes what has long been true that Dr. Shakur’s release poses no risk whatsoever,”.“It is tragic that it took until he was on the verge of death for that truth to finally be realized.”
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He added: “Mutulu will now be able to live out his final days, surrounded by the love and care of his family and close friends.”
Mutulu Shakur was born on August 8, 1950 (age 72) in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. He holds an American nationality and belongs to the black race. His Zodiac sign is Leo.