Former Baltimore Black Panther leader released from prison after more than four decades
March 4, 2014
Former Baltimore Black Panther leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway was released from prison on Tuesday. Conway was convicted of gunning down Baltimore City Police officer Donald Sager in 1969.
Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston released the following statement; “Today is a monumental day for the thousands of Marylanders and millions around the world that have championed the release of Marshall “Eddie” Conway for a very long time. The release of Conway after four decades of imprisonment is an important page turner in this tragic story. The Baltimore NAACP has been supporting Conway’s release for decades and now a new chapter begins for Marshall “Eddie” Conway, his family and supporters. Our prayers remain with him as he makes the transition to freedom.”
On January 15, 1971 Conway was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of the first degree murder of Sager and two counts of assault with intent to murder Baltimore Police officers Stanley Sierakowski and Roger Nolan. He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years. A ruling handed down by Maryland’s highest court that found jury instructions were unconstitutional up until 1980.
Hundreds of convictions could be affected by the appeal filed by cop killer Merle Unger. Unger has since been retried and remains in prison to this day, sentenced to life.
According to Conway’s settlement agreement during his incarceration he earned a bachelor’s degree from Coppin University and will now be employed in the field of publishing and printing.