Mastermind In Brinks Truck Robbery Released From Prison

Mutulu Shakur, the so-called ringleader of the 1981 Brinks truck robbery in Nanuet, was released today, 30 years after he was captured. The incident took the lives of two police officers and a security guard. Shakur was serving a 60 year sentence at a federal prison in Victorville, California however he allegedly convinced federal parole authorities to grant an early release, a condition under the law at the time of his sentencing. The event from October 20, 1981, claimed the life of Brinks guard Peter Paige at the Nanuet mall where the robbery took place, and Nyack Police Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown in Nyack at a police roadblock leading onto the New York State Thruway. Shakur was arrested five years later after being captured on the run. John Hanchar, a nephew of Nyack Police Sgt. O’Grady expressed disappointment in the parole judge’s decision but hoped Shakur’s remorse was real so, “no one else has to suffer.” Shakur was once the leader of the radical Black Liberation Army and is stepfather to renowned rapper, Tupac Shakur.

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