Judge Frees Thief Sentenced To Potential Life Term - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge Frees Thief Sentenced To Potential Life Term

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church will soon be free. A judge ordered the release of Gregory Taylor, who was sentenced in 1997 under California's three-strikes law. Taylor cried Monday as the judge amended the potential life term to eight years. The courtroom erupted in applause.

The Stanford Law Project filed a writ of habeas corpus to have Taylor released, and the district attorney did not oppose it. He will be freed within two days. Taylor was arrested while trying to pry open a screen above the church's kitchen door. A priest testified Taylor was often given food and allowed to sleep at the church.

Taylor was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 25 years to life because of two prior robbery convictions.

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