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Robert Hillary King (born May 30, 1942[1]), also called Robert King Wilkerson, is an American often known as one of many Angola Three, former prisoners who have been held at Louisiana State Penitentiary in solitary confinement for many years after being convicted in 1973 of jail murders.

In 1972, officers moved King from the parish jail to Angola to serve the rest of his sentence. It was shortly after the stabbing dying there of jail guard Brent Miller. King allied with the Black Panthers. Upon arrival on the jail, on the grounds that King “wished to play lawyer for one more inmate,” he was instantly put into solitary confinement: first within the “dungeon,” then the “Red Hat”, and eventually within the Closed Correction Cell (CCR) unit, the place he was held till his 2001 launch. In 1973, King was charged with murdering one other prisoner, and was convicted. At the trial, he was certain and gagged. After he had maintained his innocence for years and appealed, his conviction was overturned in 2001.

Upon being returned to Orleans Parish Prison in 1971, King met a number of the twelve Black Panther Party members who had been arrested after armed 1970 confrontations with police in September and November 1970. Law enforcement was making an attempt to expel them from their headquarters close to a housing venture.[10] They had established breakfast and education schemes there. A bystander was killed by police, and the twelve Panthers have been charged with tried homicide. They have been acquitted by a jury.[10] King turned radicalized and labored with the Panthers; they organized and took part in non-violent starvation strikes on the jail in an effort to enhance circumstances.[11]

King was later arrested once more on theft costs, and was convicted. His co-defendant on these costs testified that he had picked King out of a mug shot lineup solely after being tortured by police into making a false assertion.[9] King appealed his conviction. While being held at Orleans Parish Prison, he escaped, however was re-captured weeks later.

Simultaneously, the District Attorney dropped the costs towards King, however he was not launched. His having been arrested within the firm of a now admitted felon (Boogie, since his plea deal), was deemed a parole violation. King was returned to Angola jail, the place he served 15 months earlier than being launched on parole once more in January 1969.[8]

Granted parole in 1965, on the age of twenty-two, King returned to New Orleans. He married a girl named Clara and started a quick semi-pro boxing profession underneath the nickname of “Speedy King”.[6] Several weeks previous to the beginning of his son, King was considered one of two suspects arrested on costs of theft. After being held in jail for over 11 months, King’s acquaintance, often known as “Boogie”,[7] accepted a plea discount and was launched on time served.

King has admitted to being concerned in petty crime as a youth, however says that he was harmless of his first main conviction: for armed theft. He was sentenced to 35 years and first held at Orleans Parish Prison, the place he first met Albert Woodfox. The latter man was additionally convicted of armed theft, and was sentenced to 50 years. After being held on the parish jail, King was despatched to Angola, which he entered on the age of 18.[5]

King was born on 30 May 1942 in Gonzales, Louisiana[2] to Hillary Wilkerson and Clara Mae King.[3] He grew up in New Orleans. He had an older sister, Mary (born 1940), who died across the Sixties, and a youthful sister, Ella Mae.[4] They lived in a poor neighborhood in New Orleans, the place he turned concerned in petty crime as a youth, and discovered to concern police.[5]

King has persistently maintained his innocence within the jail homicide. He was among the many co-founders of the Angola chapter of the Black Panther Party. With Albert Woodfox and the late Herman Wallace, additionally former Black Panthers, he is called one of many Angola 3, males who have been held for many years in solitary confinement at Angola.

Initially held at Angola after being convicted of armed theft, King served a complete of 32 years there, 29 of them in solitary. His conviction was overturned on attraction in 2001, and a brand new trial was ordered. The state indicted him once more and he accepted a plea deal for decrease costs, in change for time served, reasonably than undergo one other trial. He was launched in 2001.

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