Tupac’s stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, is up for parole after serving half of a 60-year sentence after being convicted in a 1981 Brinks armored truck robbery for $1.6 million that left one security guard and two New York State police officers dead. Now 65 years old, Shakur was sentenced in 1988 for conspiracy to aid bank expropriation and is scheduled for a parole hearing this week at the federal penitentiary in Victorville, California, the Associated Press reports.
Shakur was reportedly a part of a revolutionary group called “The Family,” and made his way onto the FBI’s Most Wanted List following the deadly robbery. He was also convicted of racketeering, after allegedly aiding in the escape of Assata Shakur, Tupac’s step aunt. Assata was convicted in the 1973 killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, and later fled to Cuba where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro. In the Brinks robbery that led to Mutulu’s conviction, Peter Paige, a Brinks security guard, and policemen Waverly Brown and Sg. Edward O’Grady were killed. He maintained his innocence in the incident. His attorneys argued that no proof of his involvement was produced.
Federal parole was abolished in 1987, but is still being granted to inmates who were convicted before the mandate. Officer O’Grady’s son, Edward O’Grady Jr., attempted to appeal to the U.S. Parole Commission against Mutulu’s possible release.
“I offer that the crimes Mr. Shakur was convicted of are a brand of violent extremism similar in scope, if not scale, to what we are seeing from the Islamic State and Al Qaeda before them,” he stated.
According to Mutulu’s official site, http://mutulushakur.com/site/about/, a series of covert FBI operations against political organizations called COINTELPRO is responsible for his conviction.
“As a part of this movement Dr. Shakur has been a target of the illegal Counterintelligence Program carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (COINTELPRO),” it reads. “This was a secret police strategy used in the U.S. starting in the 1960s to destroy and neutralize progressive and revolutionary organizations. It is believed that Dr. Shakur’s resistance to this program led to his arrest and trial.”
Following his hearing, the U.S. Parole Commission will decide if Mutulu will walk, based on a recommendation from his hearing officer.