2 Pac‘s stepfather Mutulu Shakur has reportedly been granted compassionate release from prison due to declining health.
According to The cut, the 72-year-old was allowed to spend his final days outside prison by the US Parole Board on Thursday (November 10). Shakur was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancerwith a Bureau of Prisons doctor claiming in May that he had less than six months to live.
After 36 years behind bars, Mutulu Shakur will live out his remaining days in Southern California. He was previously denied parole 10 times until a hearing in October at which the federal parole board conceded he had an impeccable institutional record and was no longer a risk to society.
“We now find that your medical condition renders you so weak in mind and body that you are no longer physically capable of committing any federal, state or local crime,” the parole board said.
The same parole board denied his release in September, despite being seriously ill with terminal cancer at the time. Medical reports supported his decline in physical function, confusion and hallucinations, but only now is he eligible for freedom.
Shakur was convicted in 1981 of racketeering conspiracy charges for his involvement in the robbery of a Brink’s armored truck in which a guard and two police officers were killed. He took responsibility for his actions and expressed remorse before later being convicted of helping 2Pac’s activist godmother, Assata Shakur, escape from prison.
Mutulu Shakur was jailed under “old law,” a set of federal sentencing guidelines in place for crimes before 1987, meaning his parole decisions have been overseen by the U.S. Parole Commission, which was slated to be phased out decades ago.
A judge who denied his request for release in 2020 told Shakur he could reapply when “it’s near death.” The same judge, now 90 years old, was the same person who sentenced him over 30 years ago.
“We are relieved that the Parole Commission now recognizes what has long been true – that Dr. Shakur’s release poses no risk whatsoever,” said Brad Thomson, one of Mutulu Shakur’s attorneys. “It’s tragic that it took until he was on the brink of death for that truth to finally be realized.”
He added: “Mutulu will now be able to live out his final days, surrounded by the love and care of his family and close friends.”