Melissa Harris-Perry, 7/6/13, 10:44 AM ET

The prisoner who’s been in solitary confinement for 41 years

Herman Wallace, one of the two remaining imprisoned members of the Angola 3, has been in solitary confinement for 41 years for the 1972 murder conviction of prison guard Brent Miller, despite maintaining his innocence. Melissa Harris-Perry talks with...

Gravely ill Angola 3 inmate hoping for compassionate release

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Herman Wallace, one of the remaining two imprisoned members of the Angola 3, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Wallace’s attorney believes it is time for him to be let out of solitary confinement and more importantly receive a compassionate release.

Attorney Nick Trenticosta detailed his client’s condition on Saturday’s Melissa Harris-Perry. “He’s lost about 55 pounds in four months, and he is being treated completely negligently. I would say he’s being killed through intentional neglect.”

Currently 71 years old, Wallace has been in solitary confinement for more than 41 years for his 1972 conviction in the murder of prison guard Brent Miller. It is a conviction that he and the other members of the Angola 3 have fought because they have maintained their innocence in the brutal stabbing.

Given his critical diagnosis, his lawyers and organizations like Amnesty International are pushing for a compassionate release.

Asked whether he thought there was any chance that Wallace would receive a compassionate release, Trenticosta’s response was telling. “I don’t think so, and part of the reason is the state of Louisiana in the past six years has spent $6 million dollars in lawyer fees to keep a 71-year-old man in solitary confinement.”

Gravely ill Angola 3 inmate hoping for compassionate release

Updated