Dr Mutulu Shakur, the stepfather of 2Pac, was given parole and was freed from prison a little more than a month later as a result of a diagnosis of terminal cancer.
On Friday morning, according to Dr Shakur’s website, the former head of the Black Liberation Army left the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility outside New York City (December 18). He has returned to his family’s home in Southern California.
The Shakur family has asked for privacy as the 72-year-old prepares to spend the holidays with his loved ones while taking care of his health, according to a statement posted on the website that has been devoted to supporting his battle for freedom.
“The decision to grant parole is based on federal law guidelines for “old law” prisoners, finding that Dr Shakur poses no threat to the community, taking into consideration his exemplary conduct in prison, his medical condition and how much time he has served,” read the statement.
“Mutulu is now with his family. This victory was secured by the steadfast support of his legal team, his family and his community comprised of all of you.”
Per the account of Hiphopdx, Mutulu Shakur’s release comes 5 months after he was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of blood cancer. At the time, doctors estimated he had about six months to live. His legal team immediately filed his eleventh request for parole.
“His health situation is extremely dire right now,” Shakur’s attorney Brad Thomson told NBC News at the time. “He’s very much on an end-of-life trajectory. We’re looking at a matter of months at the most but, realistically, it could be a matter of days or weeks.”
He continued: “At this point, the issue is getting him released so he can say goodbye to his loved ones, his family, his children, and grandchildren. To be surrounded by loved ones, so he can die in dignity, peace and comfort outside of prison.”