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Two of Louisiana’s longest-serving prisoners go free in deals with Jason Williams; more deals pending

Louis Mitchell broke out in a wide grin, repeating “thank you” over a TV screen on Tuesday as family members howled in joy from the benches of an Orleans Parish courtroom, 140 miles away.

The same group arrived hours later to greet Mitchell, 74, as he walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, along with another long-serving prisoner, 73-year-old Leroy Grippen.

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