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'This is all new to me,' US oldest juvenile offender released after 68 years

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Joseph Ligon is seen in an undated prison photo from State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh. (Photos via The Philadelphia Inquirer)

The oldest juvenile offender in the United States has been released after 68 years.

Arrested at the age of 15 in 1953 over two counts of first-degree murder in Philadelphia, Joe Ligon was freed after some changes in the law.

Joe Ligon, the nation's oldest juvenile lifer, stops for a portrait outside his lawyers office at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, in Center City, February 11th, 2021.

“I’m looking at all the tall buildings,” Ligon said. “This is all new to me. This never existed.”

He was re-sentenced to 35 years in 2017 after the US Supreme Court ruled against automatic life terms for children.

Ligon still refused to accept parole after all these years in prison.

The Inquirer and other newspapers called the crime spree a "wolf-pack" killing by a group of teens they called "head-hunters."

“I like to be free,” he said at the time. “With parole, you got to see the parole people every so often. You can’t leave the city without permission from parole. That’s part of freedom for me.”

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ligon “believes he was scapegoated as the new kid, the outsider,” when he was arrested decades ago.

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