Murderer Harvey Stewart, 83, one of the longest-serving inmates in U.S. history, is looking forward to the perks of freedom when he is released on parole in the coming months, the Associated Press reports. “Imagine that! Sixty years being down in this damn hole,” Stewart said from a Texas prison. “I wouldn’t recommend it. Man’s a damn fool to even stick his foot in here.”
Stewart, awaiting his release to a halfway house or nursing home, recalled his youthful days of robbing brothels in Southeast Texas for quick $3,000 pay days, of getting shot in the back while holding up a junk yard, and murdering a man in what he insists was a self-defense killing. He doesn’t recall receiving a single visitor in more than a decade. He’s outlived most or all his immediate family. The Texas parole board considered his recent history of good behavior, his age, and declining health. Stewart is the longest-serving inmate among the 155,000 prisoners in the Texas system, though it’s unclear if he is the nation’s longest-serving inmate now or ever.