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Black Man's Life Sentence for Stealing Hedge Clippers


September 3, 2020

A Louisiana man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, according to a decision last week rendered by the state Supreme Court. His crime? Trying to steal hedge clippers from another person’s home in 1997. In a 5-1 verdict, the court left intact the life sentence given to Fair Wayne Bryant, 62, all but closing off his final chance at reducing it. According to Louisiana law, the crime of attempted simple burglary carries no more than 12 years behind bars, but because the 1997 offense was his fourth felony, Bryant, who is Black, received a life sentence in 2000. The justices declin...

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