Death Row Records co-founder, Michael ‘Harry-O Harris is among the dozens of individuals who were granted clemency by President Donald Trump in his final hours in the office.
Harris, now 58, was convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping in 1988 and jailed at a Federal Correctional Facility in Lompoc. He is set to be released from the California federal prison after 32 years behind bars.
News of his pardon from Trump comes after a last-ditch effort by Alice Johnson, who became a criminal justice reform advocate after Trump pardoned her life sentence two-and-a-half years ago. She also worked with rapper Snoop Dogg and Weldon Angelos, another former prisoner pardoned by Trump to help secure Harris’ release.
Pardoning Harris, the White House said in a statement: “President Trump commuted the sentence of Michael Harris. Mr. Harris is a 59-year-old who has served 30 years of a 25 year to life sentence for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.”
“Mr. Harris has had an exemplary prison record for three decades. He is a former entrepreneur and has mentored and taught fellow prisoners how to start and run businesses.”
“He has completed courses towards business and journalism degrees. Upon his release, Mr. Harris will have a meaningful place of employment and housing with the support of his family.”