Joe Ligon was simply 15 when he joined a pack of drunk youngsters on a theft and assault spree that left two folks lifeless and 6 others stabbed.
Illiterate and poor, Ligon pled responsible to 2 counts of first-degree homicide, although he lengthy claimed he didn’t participate within the murders. He obtained a life sentence in 1953.
Final week, after 68 years behind bars, the 83-year-old Ligon walked out of a Pennsylvania jail a free man, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
His sentence was diminished to 35 years to life in 2017, after the Supreme Courtroom dominated that computerized life phrases for teenagers are merciless and weird. However in contrast to fellow inmates who rushed to hunt parole after that ruling, Ligon didn’t wish to stay monitored after he bought out.
“I prefer to be free,” he advised the paper. “With parole, you bought to see the parole folks sometimes. You possibly can’t go away the town with out permission from parole. That’s a part of freedom for me.”
Ligon and Bradley Bridge, a lawyer with the Defender Affiliation of Philadelphia who represented Ligon since 2006, fought for his outright launch for 3 extra years and received, with a decide ordering his launch final November.
After leaving the lockup, Ligon noticed a Philadelphia reworked whereas he was behind bars. “I’m taking a look at all of the tall buildings,” he mentioned. “That is all new to me. This by no means existed.”