65-year-old Michigan man granted clemency after serving 45 years in prison
Abner Hines and four other men robbed a store in 1974
DETROIT – A 65-year-old Michigan man who was granted clemency after serving 45 years in prison for murder says everyone is capable of redemption.
Abner Hines and four other men robbed a store in 1974. One of the other men shot and killed the store owner.
Under state law then, all five were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Hines tells the Detroit News that poor, blacks aren't often given second chances. But despite the stigma, ex-convicts are redeemable.
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