NBC reports that a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Herman Wallace, a member of the so-called “Angola 3,” who was held in solitary confinement in Louisiana for more than 40 years and is now dying of liver cancer.

Originally serving time for unrelated cases of armed robbery, Wallace and fellow prisoner Albert Woodfox were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972, and placed in isolation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison.

A third inmate, Robert King, was also convicted of murder, but his conviction was overturned in 2001, after 29 years of isolation.

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