Alabama man is released from prison after 36 years for stealing $ 50

58-year-old Alabama man, who served 36 years in prison under the & # 39; three strikes & # 39; law for stealing $ 50.75 from a bakery, will finally run free after being convicted again

  • Alvin Kennard, 58, was originally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of receiving conditional release in 1983 for first-degree theft
  • Kennard was ordered on Wednesday to be released from his Alabama prison
  • His unusually severe punishment for theft in 1983 was due to the old & # 39; three strikes law & # 39; in Alabama, also known as the Habitual Felony Offender Act
  • At the time he was imprisoned, Kennard was previously charged with burglary and grand larceny – making him eligible to be convicted by law
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An Alabama man who has been in jail for 36 years for stealing $ 50.75 from a bakery will now be released after a judge has sentenced him again.

Alvin Kennard, 58, was originally sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of being released conditionally in 1983 for theft.

After more than three decades behind bars, Kennard was ordered to be released on Wednesday and will now be processed by the Alabama Department of Corrections.

His unusually severe punishment for theft in 1983 was due to the old & # 39; three strikes law & # 39; in Alabama, also known as the Habitual Felony Offender Act.

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Alvin Kennard, 58, was originally sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of being released conditionally in 1983 for theft. Kennard was ordered to be released on Wednesday after a judge had sentenced him again

After more than three decades behind bars, Kennard was ordered to be released on Wednesday and is now being processed by the Alabama Department of Corrections

After more than three decades behind bars, Kennard was ordered to be released on Wednesday and is now being processed by the Alabama Department of Corrections

Alvin Kennard, 58, was originally sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of being released conditionally in 1983 for theft. Kennard was ordered to be released on Wednesday after a judge had sentenced him again

At the time he was imprisoned, Kennard was previously charged with burglary and major crime – making him eligible to be convicted by law.

If he had been convicted of the same crime today, Kennard would have been given at least 10 years and up to a life in prison with the possibility of conditional release. According to that conviction, Kennard would be eligible for conditional release in 1999.

& # 39; I'm sorry for what I did … I was wrong. I take responsibility for what I have done in the past. I want to get the chance to do it right, & Kennard told the judge just before he was convicted again, according to WBRC.

His family cheered in court when the judge shortened his time and again sentenced him to the time he already had.

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Kennard, who has spent much of his adult life at the William E. Donaldson correction facility in Bessemer, now plans to live with his family and work in carpentry.

His new conviction came after Alabama adjusted his 2013 condemnation guidelines for overcrowding in the state's prison system.

The newly created Alabama Sentencing Commission is designed to give judges more discretion in matters such as Kennard's.

His family cheered in court when the judge shortened his time and again sentenced him to the time he already had

His family cheered in court when the judge shortened his time and again sentenced him to the time he already had

His family cheered in court when the judge shortened his time and again sentenced him to the time he already had

Kennard, who has spent much of his adult life in the William E. Donaldson correction facility in Bessemer, now plans to live with his family and work in carpentry
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Kennard, who has spent much of his adult life in the William E. Donaldson correction facility in Bessemer, now plans to live with his family and work in carpentry

Kennard, who has spent much of his adult life in the William E. Donaldson correction facility in Bessemer, now plans to live with his family and work in carpentry

HOW A ROBBERY OF $ 50 LANDED A MAN BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE

The old & # 39; three strikes law & # 39; of Alabama, also known as the Habitual Felony Offender Act, was set up in the 1970s to combat repeat offenders.

Alvin Kennard was first arrested when he was 18 and in 1979 pleaded guilty to burglary, greatness and receiving stolen property. He got conditional for three years.

When he was sentenced in 1984 for the bakery robbery at the age of 22, his previous convictions were taken into account.

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It made him eligible to be sentenced under the law and a mandatory life sentence without conditional release was applied.

If he had been convicted of the same crime today, Kennard would have been given at least 10 years and up to a life in prison with the possibility of conditional release. He would be eligible for conditional release in 1999.

When he was arrested at the age of 22 for the bakery robbery, Kennard already had a brief criminal history.

At the age of 18 he was accused of burglary, major theft and receiving stolen property after a burglary at a vacant gas station.

He pleaded guilty to that crime in 1979 and was given three years of probation.

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These earlier convictions were taken into account a few years later when he was convicted of robbing the bakery at the point of death.

As a result of being found guilty of three felony counts in earlier crimes, Kennard was given a mandatory life sentence without conditional release under the Habitual Felony Offender Act.

The law was set up in the 1970s to combat repeat offenders.

Kennard's family has not commented since the judge's decision, but they were particularly enthusiastic about his upcoming release.

His cousin Patricia Jones told CBS42 that she had visited him for years in prison and that she could see how much he had changed for the better.

& # 39; It was a few years that he started talking about God and I knew he had changed, & # 39; said Jones.

& # 39; He wants to be forgiven for what he had done and he wants the opportunity to come back and learn how to survive. & # 39;

She said that God are & # 39; higher power & # 39; showed by allowing Kennard & # 39; s release.

Kennard has spent much of his adult life at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama

Kennard has spent much of his adult life at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama

Kennard has spent much of his adult life at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama

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