while an inmate, keith amedee earned a g.e.d., graduated from a paralegal studies program, and did much more. >> i started working in the kitchen. i was a breakfast cook, a pot cook. i did air conditioning, refrigeration, and i gained skills with the sewing machine. >> reporter: those sewing machine skills helped him learn to make drapes and handbags, and though still incarcerated, to do some of his time as a tailor for louisiana governor john bel edwards, who granted him emency in 2020. after 40 years imprisoned, now 58, amadee found himself out, but still on parole, and making do. >> i've pressure washed a house. i cut grass. i install windows. whatever i can do to get by. >> reporter: if this sounds like a familiar tale of reform and redemption, consider that in 48 other states, with a 10-2 vote on second-degree murder, keith amedee wouldn't have been convicted on that particular charge in the first place. >> one of the problems with non- unanimous jury verdicts is that it allowed prosecutors to charge for significantly more serious crimes than they had the evidence to convict under.
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