OUTGOING President Donald Trump has pardoned Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris after a successful Snoop Dogg-led campaign to free the Los Angeles drug kingpin.
Michael “Harry-O” Harris, who co-founded Death Row Records in 1991, will be released from prison without delay, according to hip-hop producer and activist Weldon Angelos.
Michael ‘Harry-O Harris’ will be released from prison without delay
President Trump pardoned a Los Angeles drug kingpin after Snoop Dogg pushed for it Credit: Getty Images
The 60-year-old was jailed more than 30 years ago following his cocaine trafficking and attempted murder convictions.
Harry-O was originally set to be released form jail in October 2028.
He is a music executive who financed the record label known for signing 2pac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg.
Angelos took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to thank himself, American rapper Snoop Dogg, and criminal justice advocate Alice Marie Johnson for pushing President Trump to issue Harry-O’s pardon.
A federal pardon in the United States is an action handed down by the president that erases the punishment for a federal crime.
Angelos wrote: “Yay! Thank you @AliceMarieFree and @SnoopDogg. We did it!”
His confirmation of Harry-O’s pardon comes one month after the president granted Angelos a full pardon – which was backed by Senator Mike Lee, Senator Rand Paul, Alice Johnson, former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman, and others.
Angelos has previously been sentenced to 55 years in prison back in 2002.
In an exclusive interview with AllHipHop.com, Angelos – a criminal justice reform advocate – said: “I knew about Harry-O and one of my partners had reached out to him about a year ago, asking if he needed help.
“[Harry-O] never got that letter. I knew Snoop wanted our help. Snoop called me like 2.30am in the morning on December 27th, wanting to get on with me and Hollis and (other members of the group) to talk about Harry-O.”
“And we set up a call with Alice Johnson. Alice Johnson is my good friend who has President Trump’s ear. President Trump has given Alice the opportunity to provide cases that he will grant if she signs off on it,” he explained.
“I have worked with the White House closely and gotten commutations through President Trump. Really Alice Johnson is the on that got this done.”
According to the hip-hip news hub, the push to get Harry-O out of jail intensified after the the Death Row Records investor tested positive for Covid-19 and struggles with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
Snoop Dogg helped push for Harry-Os pardon Credit: Getty Images
Trump issued the pardon as the president’s final pardon list is expected to be issued on his second to last, or last day of office.
Angelos suspected Harry-O “may not have made it” another decade in jail, adding: “There’s Covid – its rampant. There’s 40,000 people infected in the federal prison system and 190 deaths and its rising every day.”
He further explained: “We just let Snoop give his pitch to Alice on what Harry-O meant to him, you know, how important this person was to him. Alice listened. She was very impressed – not because it was Snoop or that (Harry-O) was the founder of Death Row Records.
“When she looked through the file that I had sent her, she was impressed that he had done a lot in the time he was in federal prison.
“He has accomplished a lot through the different programs he was creating and doing on the streets from prison. And his post-release plans.”
Angelos also praised President Trump for having “automatically taking the side of the defendant, because he’s been a defendant.”
He finished the interview by saying “something good” has come out from the recent White House drama.
Following the reveal of Harry-O’s pardon, Snoop Dogg said: “I love what they did,” according to the New York Post.
Snoop Dogg, who was reportedly told about the pardon on Sunday, said: “They did some great work while they was in there and they did some great work on their way out. Let them know that I love what they did.”
“It is amazing what the work of God can actually bring to life to make people understand that there is a God,” he added.
The news was shared to Snoop Dogg during a Zoom call with Johnson and Angelos.
Meanwhile, President Trump has reportedly been planning a slew of high-profile last-minute pardons prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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