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Former death row inmate Gary Tyler starts a new life in Pasadena

Former death row inmate Gary Tyler starts a new life in Pasadena

Pasadena Weekly By Shirley Hawkins June 29, 2017 Soft-spoken 58-year-old ex-prisoner Gary Tyler is finally at peace. The social activist has adopted the pastoral city of Pasadena as his home — a far cry from the grim, gray walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, infamously known as Angola, the worst and bloodiest prison in the nation. When Tyler was first incarcerated there 41-and-a-half years ago for a crime that he maintains he did not commit, he was the youngest person…

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Sentenced to death at age 17, Gary Tyler is building a new life in Venice

Sentenced to death at age 17, Gary Tyler is building a new life in Venice

The Argonaut By Shirley Hawkins January 28, 2017 Gary Tyler is finally at peace. The tranquil Craftsman homes and lush tree-lined streets of Pasadena are a far cry from the grim, gray walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, infamously known as Angola, the worst and bloodiest prison in the nation. Tyler, 58, was incarcerated there for 41-and-a-half years for a crime he did not commit, arriving on death row before his 18th birthday. “I feel free here,” says the soft-spoken…

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Four decades later, Gary Tyler is free

Four decades later, Gary Tyler is free

The Lousiana Weekly May 9, 2016 After languishing in Louisiana’s maximum-security prison in Angola, La. for more than four decades, Gary Tyler was released on April 29. Tyler, who was tried and convicted at the age of 16 for first-degree murder in the 1974 death of a white classmate at Destrehan High School during a period in which the River Parish school was rocked with heightened racial tensions amid efforts to integrate the school two decades after the Brown v….

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Gary Tyler’s Long Road to Justice

Gary Tyler’s Long Road to Justice

The Progressive By Lawrence Richard May 11, 2016 When I visited Gary Tyler in Louisiana’s infamous Angola prison in 2003, he had been there for twenty-eight years. He would serve another thirteen years before his release, on April 29. We met in a cafeteria and spoke for several hours. It was against Angola rules to take notes, but Tyler said just be discreet, it will be OK. Everyone seemed to like him—guards, prisoners and staff. His story was shattering. I…

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The Horrible Ordeal of Gary Tyler: Wrong Place, Wrong Time … and Black

The Horrible Ordeal of Gary Tyler: Wrong Place, Wrong Time … and Black

counterpunch By Lawrence Reichard May 12, 2016 “Southern man, when will you pay them back?” – Neil Young I have waited 38 years to write the following words: Gary Tyler is a free man. One of the greatest miscarriages of justice of the last 50 years ended April 29. After 41 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Gary Tyler was released April 29. In 1975, at the age of 17, Tyler was convicted of shooting and…

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Gary Tyler Walks Free from Angola After 41 Years Imprisoned

Gary Tyler Walks Free from Angola After 41 Years Imprisoned

Democracy Now! May 2, 2016 In Louisiana, Gary Tyler has walked free from the Angola prison after serving 41 years for a murder many believe he did not commit. Tyler, an African American, has been jailed since he was 16 years old after an all-white jury convicted him based entirely on the statements of four witnesses who later recanted their testimony. His case has been called one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in the modern history of the United…

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Gary Tyler finally released!

Gary Tyler finally released!

St Charles Herald Guide By Anna Thibodeauz April 29, 2016 After serving 41 years in prison for the 1974 shooting death of Timothy Weber, Gary Tyler of St. Rose pleaded guilty to manslaughter as part of a plea agreement in the decades old case and walked out of court today (April 29) a free man. Until today’s hearing before Judge Lauren Lemmon, Tyler had maintained his innocence but told Lemmon he wanted to accept responsibility for his role in the…

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After more than 4 decades in prison, Gary Tyler finally free

After more than 4 decades in prison, Gary Tyler finally free

KATC ABC TV By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) – After almost 42 years at Louisiana’s maximum security prison, Gary Tyler is a free man. Tyler had been jailed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola since he was 16, convicted of first-degree murder for the 1974 slaying of a fellow Destrehan High School student amid rising racial tensions surrounding school integration. Now 57, he was released Friday. Norris Henderson, a counselor helping ease Tyler’s re-entry into society,…

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