James Earl Ray

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James Earl Ray

Mug shot of Ray taken in 1955
Born March 10, 1928(1928-03-10)
Alton, Illinois, United States
Died April 23, 1998(1998-04-23) (aged 70)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Conviction(s) Murder, prison escape,
armed robbery, burglary
Penalty 99 years imprisonment (one year was added after his re-capture for a total of 100 years)
Spouse Anna Sandhu (divorced)
Parents James Gerald Ray

James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was the man who was convicted of murdering Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4, 1968. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.[1] At first he said he had shot King, but he later said he did not do it.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born in Alton, Illinois. He was convicted of burglary, robbery, theft and forgery during the 1950s.

He escaped from prison in 1967.[2]

Death[change | change source]

He died in Nashville, Tennessee from liver failure caused by hepatitis C.[1]

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