A Louisiana man sentenced to life in prison for trying to steal hedge clippers was granted parole Thursday after spending more than 20 years in prison for the crime. The defendant had gotten a life sentence in 1997 under the state’s habitual offender law because the attempted burglary conviction was his fifth felony. He had no possibility of parole until the state legislature changed the law in 2018.
The four prior convictions were for attempted armed robbery, possession of stolen items, attempted check forgery and simple burglary.
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