Shreveport man free just 5 months after life sentence overturned identified as victim in fatal shooting

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Fate Winslow (r) and attorney Jee Park (l) outside Angola State Penitentiary on the day of his release in December 2020 after serving 12 years on a life sentence. (Photo courtesy: Innocence Project New Orleans)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – One of the two people killed last week in a triple shooting in Caddo Heights was the Shreveport man who made headlines in December when he was released from Angola after his life sentence for a $20 marijuana sale was vacated.

Fate Winslow, who would have turned 54 on May 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. His female companion, 48-year-old Tammy Sheree Williams Harris, was taken to the hospital but died later that evening. A third victim, a 52-year-old man, was also critically wounded in the shooting and taken to the hospital.

Winslow had been free for just five months following his release from Angola after his conviction for selling $20 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer. He received a mandatory life sentence under the state’s habitual offender law, which was overturned on appeal with the help of the Innocence Project New Orleans. He was re-sentenced to time served and walked free in December after serving 12 years.

“We will always remember his joyful outlook and his sense of hope even as he served 12 years of a life sentence,” read a statement shared on Facebook by the Innocence Project New Orleans.

“He once told a reporter and friend, “We both [know] ‘no money no justice,’ that’s just the way the world is.” We are honored to have worked to bring some semblance of justice to Fate, and devastated that he got to experience so little of the liberty he was waiting for. We will remember his kindness, his sense of humor, and his passion for life, despite the cruel injustice done to him.

Police say the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. There have been no arrests and no suspects have been identified.

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