Tupac’s stepfather, Mutula Shakur has been denied parole. He was arrested in 1986 for the murder of an armed guard and two officers in 1981.
65-year old Shakur was accused of being the mastermind behind a string of deadly armed robberies in New York and Connecticut committed by a militant political group known as “The Family.” On October 20, 1981 The Family held up an armored truck at a mall in Rockland County, New York for $1.6 million. Peter Paige, a Brinks security guard, was killed during the heist. Less than an hour later, two Nyack police officers, Waverly Brown and Sgt. Edward O’Grady, were killed after stopping the truck at a roadside checkpoint.
Shakur was also charged with helping Assata Shakur escape from a New Jersey prison, where she was serving a sentence for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973. An accomplice to the escape testified at Shakur’s trial that armed members of The Family visited the prison, captured two guards and then drove Assata out in a prison van. He said Mutula was protecting the escape route. Assata fled to Cuba, where she lives today. She was granted asylum by Fidel Castro, but since the U.S. Has re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba, many political figures are demanding that she be extradited to the U.S..
Mutulu Shakur has severed 30 years of his 60-year sentences and appeared for a parole hearing on April 7, at the federal penitentiary in Victorville, California. After pleading his case he was denied a release by the U.S. Parole Commission, said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. Federal officials declined to comment or reveal why Shakur’s parole was denied, they’ve stated that the information is not for public release.
Federal parole was abolished in 1987, but it is granted for inmates convicted before 1987. Under the rules in place at the time of his conviction, parole is considered mandatory unless the commission finds a prisoner is likely to offend again, or has frequently violated prison rules.
During his time in prison, Shakur collected a large group of supporters and organized letter-writing and phone campaigns to demand his release. According to Carr, Shakur will be eligible for parole again in two years.
Source: ABC News