New Orleans man, 62, free after 42 years and plea agreement

  • Elvis Brooks walks out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola with his brother Aaron Brooks, left, in Angola, La., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Elvis Brooks, who has spent two-thirds of his life in prison for a killing he always denied committing, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was released. Since his arrest in 1977, Brooks has maintained that he’s innocent. Innocence Project New Orleans attorneys say evidence that would have cleared him was withheld at trial. Prosecutors offered the plea agreement Tuesday which was accepted. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

ANGOLA, La. — Free for the first time in 42 years, a New Orleans man who always maintained his innocence over a 1977 slaying walked past a guard tower Wednesday to greet the younger brother who is providing an apartment and job for him.