Alvin Kennard was 22 when he was jailed for stealing $ 50 from a bakery crate. He will be 58 years old upon his release.
36 years of detention for 50.75 dollars. Sentenced to life in 1983 for stealing from a bakery, Alvin Kennard will be released from prison after spending thirty-six years behind bars. This is the site of a local media outlet in Alabama, AL, which tells the story.
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In 1984, the young man was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for stealing $ 50 from a bakery in Bessemer, a small town in Alabama. He was in a state of recidivism. At the time of the first crime, at the age of 18, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
Supported by his relatives
On Wednesday, August 28, at a hearing, Judge David Carpenter decided to order Alvin Kennard's sentence to be served and ordered his early release. In all, the man will have spent 36 years in prison.
Relatives of the soon-released convict had come to support him. A dozen people came forward when the judge asked if Alvin Kennard would have support outside the prison. They proclaimed "Thank you Jesus" when the news fell.
"I'm sorry for what I did … I was wrong," he regretted before the magistrate before adding that if he was released, he would go live with his family Bessemer and would work as a carpenter. The detainee did not leave the courtroom as a free man. He will still have to go to the Alabama Corrections Department.
If once released Alvin Kennard would reoffend, he would be sentenced to a life sentence of 10 years.