Robert Hillary King, also known as Robert King Wilkerson, was a member of the Black Panther Party who spent 32 years in Angola Prison, 29 of them in solitary confinement. King first entered Angola at the age of 18, for a robbery conviction. In his book, From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Robert Hillary King, he admits to some non-violent burglaries at the time, but maintains his innocence regarding this conviction and every one since. Granted parole in 1965, at the age of 22, he returned to New Orleans, got married, and began a brief semi-pro boxing career as “Speedy King.” He was then arrested on charges of robbery, just weeks before his wife Clara gave birth to their son. After being held for over 11 months, his friend pled guilty to a lesser charge and was released on time served. Simultaneously, the DA dropped the charges against King, but he was not released, because his arrest, coupled with his friend’s guilty plea was deemed a parole violation. King was sent back to Angola where he served 15 months and was released again in 1969.