Earl Rice will tell his story, Forty-Three Years in Prison, to the George School community in an upcoming assembly.
When Earl was seventeen he and a friend were walking home together in West Chester, when they encountered Ola Danenberg, a sixty-two year old woman also on her way home. Earl decided to steal her purse. As he and his friend grabbed the purse and began to run away, Ola fell to the ground. Later, Earl learned that she had hit her head during the fall. She died from her injuries.
Earl was charged and convicted of homicide and sentenced to life without parole. He spent the next forty-three years in prison.
In 2017, Earl was released from prison due to a Supreme Court decision that declared mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders as cruel and unusual. He currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
Earl will share his story with students, faculty, and staff on Friday, October 12 at 10:25 a.m. in Walton Auditorium.