I first met Lawrence Bartley three years ago, inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility. He’d been behind bars for 24 years, after shooting his gun inside a crowded movie theater on Christmas night in 1990 and killing a 15-year-old bystander named Tremain Hall. Lawrence was 17 at the time.
Lawrence was sentenced to 27 to 30 years to life in prison for his crime, with the possibility of parole. This August, Lawrence will face the parole board for the first time. So we’re sharing his story again, and a few updates.
Next week, look out for my conversation with Lawrence’s wife, Ronnine. She and Lawrence got married more than a decade ago, and have two sons together. We hear from her about how she’s thinking about the possibility of Lawrence coming home—and what she wants for their future together.
Several years ago, Lawrence participated in a documentary project called Voices from Within. In it, inmates at Sing Sing talk about their crimes and their regrets. Watch for Lawrence around the 7:30 mark.