A 56-year-old parolee, shot alongside slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, was released Saturday morning from the Men's Central Jail and free from any charges he may have been facing.
Kerry Lathan, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the back, was released at 3:18 a.m. according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information Center.
Lathan, who had already completed a 20-year prison sentence when the rapper was fatally shot, was taken into custody at 10:37 a.m. on April 8 by California Parole officers for violating terms of his parole for associating "with a known gang member" (Hussle), officials said.
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On Wednesday, civil rights activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, led a protest rally to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to order the immediate release of Lathan.
The Los Angeles Times reported that in an interview Lathan did with Big U, a gang interventionist in the territory of the Rollin '60s: "I am in a wheelchair now, and they are trying to send me back for life for just being there - gang association. I got shot in the back."
Lathan was receiving clothes at The Marathon Clothing store where the fatal shooting took place on March 31, Vibe magazine reported.