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How a killing in prison set Reggie Cole on a path to freedom

How a killing in prison set Reggie Cole on a path to freedom

Reggie Cole struck a pose on the courthouse steps, flexing his biceps in a brand-new silver suit.

“Ladies and gentlemen, today is my first day of freedom,” he shouted on that day in 2010. “I feel good, and I’m just saying — damn, I look good!”

He danced down the steps, and giggles overtook him as he nearly fell.

“I’m telling you, boy, it feels good to be free,” he said with a grin toward a home video camera capturing the moment. “I’m out!”

Fifteen years earlier, Cole had been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a man outside of a South L.A. brothel.

Cole had always said he was...

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