Mutulu Shakur, once the leader of the radical Black Liberation Army and a Harlem-based acupuncturist, is being considered for release from the high-security penitentiary in Victorville, California, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons. A hearing is set for early April.
Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of slain rapper/actor Tupac Shakur, had been sentenced in 1988 for his role in masterminding robberies by a self-proclaimed revolutionary group. The gang — known as “The Family” — was composed of Black Liberation Army members and former members of the Weather Underground and other violent groups from the 1960s.
Sentenced to 60 years for, among other charges, operating a criminal enterprise and had been accused of participating in 12 robberies between 1976 and 1981.
Being That Shakur was even considered for parole has left many involved in the case disappointed. “If he committed his crime today he wouldn’t be eligible for parole,” says John Hanchar, a Clarkstown police officer and nephew of one of the slain officers. “We hope and pray his remorse is true and no one else has to suffer.”