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Crossley Green's last hours of freedom


WATCH “48 Hours: Crosby Greene’s Tough Times” — Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports Saturday, April 22 at 9/8 on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

On Monday, April 17, Crosley Green bid his final goodbyes to loved ones gathered at the 65-year-old grandfather’s residence in Titusville, Florida. After two years of independence, Green was ordered back to jail He says he did not commit a crime, following a federal court decision to reinstate his conviction for one murder.

Crosley Green is saying goodbye on April 17, 2023 during his final hours of freedom.

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Green urged his supporters to be optimistic, but many were incensed by the prospect of the man they affectionately called “Papa Green” spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Restricted by an ankle bracelet during his time out of prison, Green made the most of his position. He spent time with many relatives and friends, attended a local church, and took a job at a metal manufacturing plant. He says his co-workers called him “PPE,” which means “pure, positive energy.” He even got engaged to nursing aide Kathy Spikes.

On the car ride to the Crosley Green Florida Department of Corrections office with Cathy Spikes.

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“I love you all,” Green told those gathered at his home before leaving for the Florida Department of Corrections office in Orlando. “Listen, y’all be strong,” she told them before getting into the car.

On his way to the corrections office, Green told his fiancée, “Everything will be okay.” During the 30-minute drive, she got into the car, hugging Green.

Upon arrival, Crosley Green spent his last minutes of freedom in a parking lot with his baby niece and a few other loved ones. Everyone there was struggling to hold back tears, including his attorneys, Keith Harrison and Jean Thomas, who have been representing Green pro bono.

Crossley Green with family members before presenting himself to officers.

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As Green walked into the Office of Corrections, his head held high for the next “bump in the road” as he calls it. However, Crosley Green may never again experience life outside prison. The only option they have for freedom is to seek parole or clemency.

Crossley Greene is being returned to custody in Orlando, Florida.

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“We’re going to do everything we can to get him out as quickly as possible. But it’s an administrative process that’s going to take some time,” Harrison told “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty, who covers Crossley Green. doing business since 1999

“I still believe in the system,” Greene told Moriarty, “I have no hate. I have no sadness.” Say green.

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