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David McNew

Alabama Man Freed After 36 Years For Stealing A Little More Than $50

"I take responsibility for what I did in the past. I want the opportunity to get it right."

Alvin Kennard will walk out of prison after serving 36 years of a life sentence for stealing just over $50 from an Alabama bakery.

In 1983, 22-year-old Kennard held up a Bessemer bakery using a pocketknife before fleeing with exactly $50.75. He was charged with first-degree robbery. That wasn't Kennard's first run-in with the law. Newsweek reports in 1979, he pled guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary after breaking into an empty gas station.

Kennard was sentenced under Alabama's Habitual Felony Act, which can result in a life sentence. Now 58, Kennard continued to serve his life sentence until a judge noticed his case and felt his crime didn't justify the sentence.

His attorney Carla Crowder, also the executive director of the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, was elated the judge resentenced him to time served, but said there are hundreds of other men and women behind bars serving harsh sentences for minor crimes.

"As incredible as this opportunity is for Mr. Kennard and as happy as we are for him, we know that there are hundreds of similarly situated incarcerated people in the state who don't have attorneys, who don't have a voice," she told ABC. "As this state grapples with the Department of Justice involvement and unconstitutional prisons, I would hope our lawmakers, our courts and our governor would do more to address these injustices."

Upon learning the news of his freedom, Kennard was overjoyed and also apologized to the court.

"I just want to say I'm sorry for what I did," Kennard said. "I take responsibility for what I did in the past. I want the opportunity to get it right."

It's unclear when Kennard will be released as he must be processed out, however, he will reportedly reside with family in Bessemer and try to attain work as a carpenter

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Moses Robinson

T.I. Grills Candace Owens On Trump's 'MAGA' Slogan At The Revolt Summit

T.I. had one pressing question for Candace Owens during the 2019 Revolt summit that Owens couldn't quite answer. The two-day conference held in Atlanta brought together music executives, activists, and entertainers to discuss hip-hop, it's power, the current climate of the genre and to network. However, with the 2020 presidential elections nearing politics were also a hot topic.

For Saturday's (Sept. 14) Hip Hop and Politics panel hosted by Jeff Johnson, T.I. asked the conservative commentator to explain Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "When you say Make America Great Again, which period are we talking about?" Tip questioned. "[Is it] the period when women couldn't vote? The period when we were hanging from trees? The crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make great again."

The 30-year-old Connecticut native said: "I actually think that I would totally rock a hat right now that says Make Black America Great Again," which prompted T.I. to interject and restate the original question.

"Which period was America great that we're trying to replicate? Which era was it? Tell me." T.I. questioned. With an excited audience, Owens' attempt to explain Trump's slogan didn't go so well.

Watch the clip below.

@Tip was not trying to hear it from black white supremacist #CandaceOwens #Diddy #Revolt pic.twitter.com/SfJ0Rvd9SM

— MMS Online (@MMS_Online_) September 15, 2019

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Charley Gallay

John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Respond To Donald Trump's Vitriol

The president was a bit peeved Sunday night (Sept. 8) while watching MSNBC's criminal justice reform town hall. Hosted by Lester Holt featuring singer and activist John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, Trump let his Twitter fingers fly when he blasted the couple for receiving more praise than him and fellow Republicans for his First Step Act.

Tonight at 7pm PT/10pm ET, I will be joining @LesterHoltNBC for an @NBCNews Town Hall on @MSNBC to discuss our country’s broken criminal justice system. Follow @LetsFreeAmerica to learn more about my work to end mass incarceration. #JusticeForAll pic.twitter.com/9DFySXsgDY

— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 8, 2019

"I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise," Trump tweeted.

Back in December, Trump signed the First Step Act, which allows thousands of federal inmates to be released earlier than they were originally sentenced and also reduces some mandatory minimum sentences. The measure was supported by both sides of the political aisle.

Trump continued lashing out by calling the Oscar winner boring and said Teigen was his "filthy mouthed-wife." The 33-year-old entrepreneur responded in kind.

lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019

Legend also responded, sans the profanity.

Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody--ANYBODY--will praise you. Melania, please praise this man. He needs you.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 9, 2019

Shortly after the responses from the couple, Chrissy Teigen, Foul-Mouthed Wife, and President P***y Ass B***h began trending.

Me walking around with @chrissyteigen from now on. pic.twitter.com/6R3vhgwqgt

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 9, 2019

Trump hasn't responded to Teigen or Legend's tweets, but if he does, we'll let you know.

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Christopher Furlong

Kawhi Leonard's Sister Charged In The Robbery And Murder Of An Elderly Woman

Kawhi Leonard's sister has been charged with the robbery and subsequent death of an elderly woman.

According to CNN, authorities found the body of 84-year-old Afaf Anis Assad unconscious inside a California casino bathroom. The Riverside County Sheriff's office determined Assad had been the victim of an assault. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.

Kimesha Williams, 35 and Candace Townsel, 39, were arrested and now face robbery and murder charges because of their involvement.

"The suspects were quickly identified through surveillance footage and the information was immediately provided to local law enforcement," President of the Pechanga Development Corporation Jared Munoa said.

"We pride ourselves on putting the safety of our guests and Team Members first and are fully cooperating with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice."

Denise Woodard, Williams' aunt, confirmed the sibling relationship to the NBA champion. Williams will reportedly appear in court Sept. 19.

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