Former Black Panther dies after 41 years in prisonBy FinalCall.com News | Last updated: Oct 8, 2013 - 5:53:26 PM
His attorneys said he died at a supporter’s home in New Orleans. Mr. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment. Mr. Wallace was held for years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In 2009, he was moved from Angola to “closed-cell restriction” at Hunt Correctional in St. Gabriel, where he recently was taken to the prison’s hospital unit.
Mr. Wallace was serving a 50-year armed robbery sentence when he and two others were accused of stabbing Brent Miller, a 23 year old prison guard.
Mr. Wallace and fellow “Angola 3” member Albert Woodfox denied involvement in Mr. Miller’s killing, claiming they were targeted because they helped establish a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party at the Angola prison in 1971, set up demonstrations and organized strikes for better conditions.
“Herman spent the last four decades of his life fighting against all that is unjust in the criminal justice system, making international the inhuman plight that is long term solitary confinement, and struggling to prove that he was an innocent man. Just 3 days before his passing, he succeeded, his conviction was overturned, and he was released to spend his final hours surrounded by loved ones. Despite his brief moments of freedom, his case will now forever serve as a tragic example that justice delayed is justice denied,” said a statement released by the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3. The Associated Press contributed to this report.