Tupac’s Stepfather Mutulu Shakur Denied Parole
Mutulu Shakur, Tupac’s stepfather, has been denied parole from a 60-year federal prison sentence in which he was found guilty of leading a revolutionary group responsible for the death of an armed guard and two New York police officers. Shakur was up for parole earlier this month, appearing at a federal penitentiary in Victorville, California on April 7.
Although federal parole was done away with in 1987, Shakur remained eligible because his conviction took place before. While reports of his release surfaced earlier in the year, the 65-year-old was denied by the U.S. Parole Commission, according to Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. As ABC News reports, federal officials have declined comment as to why Shakur’s parole was denied, saying only that such information is not released to the public. According to Carr, Shakur will be eligible for parole again in two year.
Shakur was arrested in 1986 for allegedly orchestrating a string of armed robberies in New York and Connecticut carried out by a militant political group known as “The Family.” Parole is considered mandatory under the rules in place at the time of his conviction, unless it is believed that a prisoner is likely to reoffend or has frequently broken prison rules. Shakur was convicted of a robbery taking place in 1981, and was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list before being arrested in Los Angeles.
Read the full story over at ABC News.
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