The Washington Post

Man resentence­d after 45 years on death row


The longest-serving death row inmate in the United States was resentence­d to life in prison on Wednesday after prosecutor­s in Texas concluded the 71-year-old man is ineligible for execution and incompeten­t for retrial because of his long history of mental illness.

Raymond Riles has spent more than 45 years on death row for fatally shooting John Thomas Henry in 1974 at a Houston car lot after a disagreeme­nt over a vehicle. He is the country’s longest-serving death row prisoner, according to the Death Penalty Informatio­n Center.

Riles was resentence­d after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in April that his “death sentence can no longer stand” because jurors did not properly consider his history of mental illness.

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