After 30 years in prison, prosecutors say they will no longer seek death penalty.

Yolanda Sangweni
Dec, 07, 2011

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say they are dropping their attempts to put former journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal to death for allegedly killing a white police officer 30 years ago, reports the Associated Press. 

A former journalist, Abu-Jamal was convicted of shooting police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 and sentenced to death in 1982. Through the years, which he spent at a Pennsylvania prison, Mumia became a household name thanks to his radio broadcasts, books and celebrity supporters, including hip hop luminaries like Chuck D, Tupac, and Snoop Dogg.

Now 58, Abu-Jamal will instead serve a life sentence.