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PA inmate on life support granted medical release years after murder conviction

  • Ezra Bozeman, a 68-year-old Pennsylvania inmate serving a life sentence for a 1975 robbery and murder, was released on medical grounds by a judge.
  • Boseman is on a ventilator in intensive care due to complications from sepsis and quadriplegia.
  • His release petition was supported by Gov. Josh Shapiro and the warden of Laurel Highlands State Prison.

A sick prison inmate serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania for killing a man during a 1975 robbery won a medical release order from a judge Monday, a decision that leaves him on life support. It came out a few hours later.

Ezra Bozeman, 68, won release from an Allegheny County judge while on a ventilator in the intensive care unit battling sepsis due to complications from quadriplegia, his attorney said in a statement.

Boseman’s petition for medical release from prison was supported by Gov. Josh Shapiro and the warden of Laurel Highlands State Prison, where he is being held. Allegheny County District Attorney Steven Zappala opposed Boseman’s petition.

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Zappala’s office said Monday evening that it had not yet seen the court order and could not say whether it would appeal. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review each reported that Judge Susan Evashavik-Dilcente said she would grant the petition during a court hearing Monday.

Ezra Bozeman, pictured above, is a Pennsylvania inmate serving a life sentence for killing a man during a 1975 robbery, but won a medical release order from a judge on Monday. . (State Correctional Facility – Laurel Highlands)

Boseman was rushed to the hospital Sunday night.

Pennsylvania’s compassionate release law, enacted 15 years ago, allows judges to allow inmates who are seriously ill and who are expected to die within a year to be transferred to a private medical facility. The Bozeman inmate’s attorney said they hope his condition will stabilize and he will be able to be transferred to a long-term care facility.

“Ezra Boseman was a shining example of what it means to live a life of dignity as a quadriplegic, despite inadequate medical care,” Sean Damon of the Amistad Law Project said in a statement. said.

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Bozeman was represented by the Abolition Law Center and the Amistad Law Project.

Boseman underwent surgery in February to remove a large blood clot near his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. His lawyer then filed papers seeking compassionate release.

Boseman was convicted of second-degree murder in 1975 for killing Morris Weitz during a robbery at a Pittsburgh dry cleaners. Mr. Bozeman has maintained his innocence, saying he was not involved in the robbery and was nowhere at the scene, and that a key witness against him recanted his testimony.

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