A man who has spent 36 years in prison after stealing $50.71 (£41.74) from a bakery is set to walk free after having his jail term reduced.
Alvin Kennard, who was jailed for life in 1983, was handed the lengthy sentence under a US law introduced in the 1970s to deter repeat offenders.
The 58-year-old’s lawyer Carla Crowder argued that he would have received a 20-year maximum prison term under new guidelines.
An Alabama judge ordered him to be freed on Wednesday after reducing his sentence to time served.
Ms Crowder said Kennard plans to live with his family in Bessemer, Alabama, and work as a carpenter.
His niece told the US news channel WVTM: “We’ve just been praying and trusting in God that this day would come and it’s here, and we’re so grateful to God.”
Kennard was jailed under the three strikes provision of Alabama’s Habitual Felony Act which was designed to punish repeat offenders
He had previously been charged with burglary and grand lacerny, meaning theft of valuable items.
The order for him to be freed is now being processed by the Alabama Department of Correction.
It is not yet clear when Kennard will be released.
Source: SKY NEWS