Alabama Man Has Been Serving A Life Sentence For The Last 38 Years For Stealing $9

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JOURNALIST BETH SHELBURNE'S VIRAL TWITTER THREAD ABOUT WILLIE SIMMONS DREW MORE ATTENTION TO ALABAMA'S CONTROVERSIAL HABITUAL OFFENDER LAW.

An Alabama man has served 38 years and counting of a life sentence (without eligibility for parole) due to a robbery he committed in 1982 at the age of 25.

He stole $9.

Journalist Beth Shelburne brought Willie Simmons’ shocking and unconscionable story to Twitter on Saturday, in a thread that has since gone viral.

According to Shelburne, Simmons, who had three prior, nonviolent convictions, was prosecuted under Alabama’s controversial habitual offender law, with the Court deciding that he should be imprisoned for life.


Beth Shelburne
@bshelburne


THREAD: Today I talked to Willie Simmons, who has spent the last 38 years in prison for stealing $9. He was convicted of 1st degree robbery & sentenced to life without parole in 1982, prosecuted under Alabama's habitual offender law because he had 3 prior convictions. 1/12
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