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‘A triumph of hope’: Maryland leaders welcome home man sentence at age 15 - The Washington Post

Rachel Chason - Monday, July 8th 2019

Curtis Brooks had been out of prison in Colorado for one week when he arrived at a church in suburban Maryland on Monday, doling out hugs and posing for pictures with U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s).

He’d spent the past 24 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life without parole for his involvement at age 15 in a carjacking that led to a fatal shooting in Aurora, Colo. Another boy pulled the trigger.

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Maryland state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) gives Curtis Brooks, her former pupil, a pat on the head as he returns to Maryland after serving 24 years in prison in Colorado. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Maryland state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) gives Curtis Brooks, her former pupil, a pat on the head as he returns to Maryland after serving 24 years in prison in Colorado. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Sentenced to die in prison as a teen, a Prince George's County man is free after 24 years

by Caroline Patrickis/ABC7  Monday, July 8th 2019

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (ABC7) — After 24 years behind bars, Curtis Brooks, who was sentenced to die in prison when he was a juvenile, is free.   Brooks says now he will spend the rest of his life striving to be a better man.   The Prince George's County man was incarcerated at age 15 when he and three other teenagers were involved in a 1995 carjacking that led to a fatal shooting in Aurora, Colorado...

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