Freedom. That’s what is coming soon to Rahsaan Thomas.
The 51-year-old co-host of the podcast Ear Hustle has had his sentence commuted by the governor of California, Gavin Newsom.
Until now, Ear Hustle has been a unique draw for podcast listeners. Why? It is produced inside San Quentin State Prison, where Thomas is an inmate — at least for now.
The decision from Sacramento means Thomas can immediately go in front of the California state parole board, which will decide if he may be released. It is likely, as the board already recommended the clemency grant, Podcast Business Journal reports.
Thomas was serving a 55.5-years-to-life sentence for a second-degree murder conviction in 2000. He was charged with fatally shooting one person and injuring another in a drug deal gone bad. Thomas argued that it was self-defense.