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The road to redemption: Benton Harbor man navigates life after prison

With unique court ruling, Clayton is making the most of his second chance

ST. JOSEPH — It felt like heaven.

That’s how David Clayton sums up his emotional state the day he walked out of prison eight months ago.


David Clayton drives a forklift at his job at Hoonigan in California. Clayton was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of murder at age 17. The U.S. Supreme Court has since ruled the mandatory life without parole sentence for juveniles is unconstitutional and Clayton has been released from prison.


David Clayton changes his shoes as he prepares to leave prison in April 2021. Clayton was paroled April 27, and walked out of prison three days later.

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