Mutulu Shakur, the stepfather of 2Pac, reportedly received a compassionate release from prison due to his failing health.
The U.S. Parole Commission on Thursday gave the 72-year-old permission to spend his last days outside of jail, according to The Intercept (November 10).
Shakur was recently identified as having bone marrow cancer, and in May, a doctor with the Bureau of Prisons estimated that he had less than six months to live.
Prior to a hearing in October, when the federal parole committee acknowledged he had a flawless institutional record and was no longer a risk to society, he had previously been denied prison release ten times.
“We now find your medical condition renders you so infirm of mind and body that you are no longer physically capable of committing any Federal, State or local crime,” the parole commission said.
Despite being in critical condition and having terminal cancer at the time, the same parole committee rejected his request for release in September.
Only now is he qualified for freedom, despite medical studies documenting his decrease in physical function, disorientation, and hallucinations.
In 1981, Shakur was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy charges for his part in the heist of a Brink’s armoured truck, which resulted in the deaths of a guard and two police officers.
Before being found guilty of aiding 2Pac’s activist godmother Assata Shakur in escaping from prison, he admitted guilt and expressed regret for his conduct.