Brian Glenn Brewer, a member of the Dago charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, died at 10:27 a.m. today, Wednesday June 19th, at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. He died alone.
Brewer was convicted of robbing a credit union in Northridge, California on April 16, 2002. The evidence against him was circumstantial and slight. The robbery netted $1,700. None of the money was ever recovered. Brewer was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences, each with a minimum term of forty years. During the last decade of his life he consistently maintained his innocence.
Brewer was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer last summer. He twice sought a compassionate release from prison so that he could die with his family. Last fall, 7,000 people signed a petition addressed to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris asking for Brewer’s release. The request was denied because Brewer was a Hells Angel.
Brewer asked for permission to die with his family again last April. That request was also denied. In a written announcement, corrections officials declined, “to recommend to the court that the prisoner’s sentence be recalled. The Board finds the conditions under which the prisoner would be released or receive treatment would pose a threat to public safety due to the extent of his continued mobility and his validation as a member of the Hell’s (sic) Angels Motorcycle Club.”
Friends of Brewer’s speaking on behalf of his family said, “We want to thank all Brian’s friends who stood by him while he was in prison. We particularly want to thank the people who signed the petition for compassionate release last year.”
In his last letter from prison Brewer wrote, “At least I’ll be cheating the government out of all the years they sentenced me to.”
Brian Brewer was 61-years-old. He was an innocent man. Now he has been set free.
Requiscant In Pace