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October 11, 2013

Nursing home parolee who spent over 60 years in prison wants to revisit case

• Harvey Stewart said 'I really don't cry about it' when recalling murder he committed in 1958

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As he served that sentence , Stewart he contacted various media outlets such as the Chronicle, claiming he was the whistleblower who tipped off the investigation that ultimately rid Jefferson County of its rampant vice.

He makes no bones about the fact he was a career criminal. He states proudly that he was a thief. In an interview with the Associated press, Stewart spoke fondly of robbing bordellos in Southeast Texas.

But now he wants justice.

His parole was approved in April, with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles considering his recent history of good behavior, his age and declining health.

But he isn't quite sure how. The last lawyer he had was 40 years ago.

"I've written up a habeas corpus on the typewriter myself. I did good. I told facts."

Despite the fact that his nursing home quarters are "the best I've ever had," he said he wants to get his sentenced reversed so he can leave on his own terms.

"So they can kick me loose — let me go," he said. "I have 64 years — more than anyone has ever served in the state of Texas."

 

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