A Louisiana man has been granted parole after serving more than 20 years of a life sentence for stealing hedge clippers in 1997.
Fair Wayne Bryant, 63, was given what his attorneys argued was an “unconstitutionally harsh” punishment because he had numerous other convictions, making him a “habitual” offender under Louisiana law, NBC reported.
“Bryant had several past convictions, including the possession of stolen things, simple burglary and attempted forgery. His only violent conviction, the chief justice noted in her dissent, was for armed robbery in 1979,” the outlet reported.
Yet it was his failed attempt to steal hedge clippers from a home in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1997 that sealed his fate. At the time, Bryant was 38 and lifted the clippers from a homeowner’s carport storeroom, NBC reported. The homeowner chased Bryant off. Bryant was later convicted of “attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling,” the outlet reported, leading to his life sentence.
Bryant has been trying to