US inmate freed after decades in solitary

2016-02-20 07:23


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New Orleans -  An American inmate held for decades in solitary confinement was released on Friday after pleading no contest to manslaughter and a lesser offence in the 1972 death of a prison guard.

Albert Woodfox is the last inmate of a group known as the "Angola Three" for their decades-long stays in isolation at the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola and other state prisons.

Prison officials said they were kept in solitary because their Black Panther Party activism would otherwise rile up inmates.

Woodfox consistently maintained his innocence in the killing of guard Brent Miller. He was awaiting a third trial in the case when he was released from custody.

Woodfox turned 69 on Friday.

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