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Black Panther dies after being freed from 40 years’ jail in U.S.

October 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Herman Wallace, a former Black Panther who spent more than four decades in solitary confinement for murdering a prison guard, died Friday, three days after his release, lawyers said.

The 71-year-old, who has always denied his involvement in the murder, died of liver cancer.

“Although his freedom was much too brief, it meant the world to Herman to spend these last three days surrounded by the love of his family and friends,” his defense team said. “One of the final things that Herman said to us was, ‘I am free. I am free.'”

Wallace is a member of the “Angola Three,” whose cases have drawn international attention because of the long stretches they spent in solitary after the 1972 death of prison guard Brent Miller.

The group was named after the notorious Louisiana state prison where the three were held, known as Angola because it was built on the site of a former plantation worked by slaves from Africa.

They have always maintained their innocence and challenged the evidence that was presented against them.

The trio had embraced the Black Panther movement – an African-American militant organization – while already serving time in prison for lesser crimes.

One of the three, Robert King, was freed in 2001. Wallace and his other co-defendant, Albert Woodfox, had stayed behind bars, confined to a tiny cell for 23 hours a day.

Wallace was released late Tuesday after a federal judge overturned his murder conviction and life sentence saying they violated his constitutional right to a fair trial.

The state of Louisiana had refused to free him on medical grounds over his terminal cancer.

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