2Pac’s Stepfather Granted Prison Release After Being Diagnosed With Bone Marrow Cancer
Tupac’s Stepfather Mutulu Shakur Granted Prison Release After Being Diagnosed With Bone Marrow Cancer
Tupac’s stepfather Mutulu Shakur has reportedly been granted compassionate release from prison amid declining health.The 72-year-old was permitted to spend his final days outside of prison by the U.S. Parole Commission on Thursday (November 10).
Shakur was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, with a Bureau of Prisons doctor claiming in May he had less than six months to live.
After 36 years behind bars, Mutulu Shakur is set to live out his remaining days in Southern California. He was previously denied prison release 10 times until an October hearing, where the federal parole commission admitted he held an impeccable institutional record and was no longer a risk to society.
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“We now find your medical condition renders you so infirm of mind and body that you are no longer physically capable of committing any Federal, State or local crime,” the parole commission said.
The same parole commission denied his release in September, despite being gravely ill with terminal cancer at the time. Medical reports supported his decline in physical function, confusion and hallucinations, but only now is he eligible for freedom.
Shakur was convicted of racketeering conspiracy charges in 1981 for his involvement in the robbery of a Brink’s armored truck, where a guard and two police officers were killed. He took responsibility for his actions and expressed remorse, before later being convicted for helping 2Pac’s activist godmother, Assata Shakur, escape from prison.
A judge who rejected his request for compassionate release in 2020 told Shakur he could reapply at “the point of approaching death.” That same judge, now 90 years old, was the same person who sentenced him over 30 years ago.
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