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Nov 22, 2012 1:11 PM by Associated Press

New law cuts "three strikes" convict's sentence

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego inmate who was serving 25 years to life has become the first to be released under the revised California Three Strikes law that voters approved on Election Day.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/Ufzi47 ) 62-year-old Kenneth Corley will be released in the next few days after Superior Court Judge David Danielson resentenced him Wednesday.

Corley was a life-long drug addict with a record of nonviolent crime, mostly burglaries that fed his habit.

Corley had served 16 years in prison, but Danielson resentenced him to 15 years and four months.

The original Three Strikes law mandated life sentences for anyone convicted of a third felony.

Proposition 36 changed the law to require the third strike to be a violent or serious felony. It was approved by 68.8 percent of voters.

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