"Angola 3" inmate, Herman Wallace, died less than a week after he was released from his 41-year prison sentence at Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, La. He was in solitary confinement and released Tuesday. His attorney and close friend confirmed that Wallace died at the age of 71 Friday morning, ABC News reports Oct. 4.
The "Angola 3" inmate was transported by ambulance Tuesday night to a New Orleans hospital for treatment of his advanced stage of liver cancer.
Wallace served time for an armed robbery conviction and was one of three robbers who were convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1974. They were known as the "Angola 3" and order into solitary confinement. A federal judge overturned his conviction Tuesday and had him immediately released.
The "Angola 3" case was featured in a 2010 documentary narrated by Samuel Jackson called, "In the Land of the Free."
The "Angola 3" inmate who died was orderd to have a new trial by U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge. The reason was due to women being "unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the stabbing death of the guard, which 'violated the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of 'the equal protection of the laws.'….thereby rendering his conviction and resulting sentence unconstitutional,'" the report said.
"Herman Wallace has been afforded some measure of justice after a lifetime of injustice," his attorneys said in a statement.