Delbert Orr Africa, a member of the radical Philadelphia MOVE group, was reportedly released from a Pennsylvania in prison on Saturday, 42 years after he and eight other members were convicted of third-degree murder in a shootout that resulted in the death of a city police officer.
Africa, 73, is the penultimate of the nine sentenced to be released or to die in prison. Members say Police Officer James Ramp was killed by a stray bullet in the shooting, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Lawyer Brad Thomson, part of the African legal team, announced the news on Twitter, including a new photo from Africa that reflects a similar photo during his arrest.
In 1978, a year after 11 members of MOVE, an anti-government black liberation group, were indicted on charges of bomb conspiracy, an eviction notice in the group's commune in Philadelphia led to the deadly shooting and violent arrest of nine of the members.
Ramp was shot and 18 policemen and firefighters were injured. He was a veteran of the World War II and Korean Marine Corps and served as a police officer for 23 years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
After the arrests, MOVE moved to another part of the city, where it continued to disturb the neighborhood with loudspeaker complaints and concerns about child abuse and neglect, the Inquirer reported. The group was later designated as a domestic terrorist organization.
The 13-year-old daughter from Africa was among six adults and five children killed in 1985 when police dropped an incendiary bomb on her home that caused a fire in the neighborhood, the Inquirer reported. No charges were filed.
"I just cried. I wanted to attack. I wanted to do as much damage as I could until they took me down," Africa told the newspaper. Guardian of her death. "This anger brought a feeling of helplessness. How, damn it! What to do now? Dark times."
Africa plans to hold a press conference on Tuesday, Inquirer reported.