Former death row inmate charged with theft

September 25, 2011 6:18:52 AM PDT
A former death row inmate whose release from prison sparked a push to abolish the death penalty in Illinois is back behind bars.

Anthony Porter is charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing deodorant from a Walgreens on Chicago's South Side.

Porter was sentenced to death row for a 1982 double murder. He served 16 years and was released from prison in 1999 after another man confessed to the murders.

Former Gov. George Ryan cited Porter's release from death row as a key factor in his decision to commute the sentences of all death row inmates and suspend capital punishment in Illinois.

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