Watch “48 Hours: Crosby Greene’s Hard Time” — Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports Saturday, April 22 at 9/8 on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.
On Monday, April 17, Crosley Green bid his final farewell to loved ones gathered at the 65-year-old grandfather’s residence in Titusville, Florida. Green was two years after independence Ordered to return to prison After a federal court ruling acquitting him of one count of murder, he said he didn’t.
Green urged his supporters to be optimistic, but many are angry at the prospect of the man they affectionately call “Papa Green” spending the rest of his life behind bars.
Confined by an ankle bracelet while outside prison, Green made the most of his situation. He spent time visiting many relatives and friends, attended a local church and got a job at a metal fabrication plant. He says his colleagues call him “PPE,” which stands for “pure, positive energy.” He was even engaged to nursing assistant Cathy Spikes.
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“I love you all,” Green told those gathered at his home before heading to the Florida Department of Corrections office in Orlando. “Listen, you all be tough,” he told them before getting into the car.
On the way to the corrections office, Green told her fiancé, “Everything is going to be okay.” He sat in the car hugging Green during the 30-minute drive.
Upon arrival, Crosley spent her last minutes of freedom in the Green parking lot with her baby niece and several other loved ones. Everyone there, including his attorneys, Keith Harrison and Gene Thomas, who are representing Green, fought back tears.
As Green entered the corrections office, his head was held high for the next “bump in the road.” However, Crosley Green never gets to experience life outside of prison again. His only remaining options for freedom are parole or a pardon.
“We’re going to do everything we can to get him out as quickly as possible. But it’s an administrative process that’s going to take some time,” Harrison told “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty, who is covering Crosley Greens. Case since 1999.
“I still believe in the system,” Greene told Moriarty, “I have no hate. I have no regrets.” Green said.