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.