Posted by | April 27, 2010 14:54 | Filed under: Top Stories

Thomas Hagan, then known as Thalmage X. Hayer, who was the only person who admitted shooting Malcolm X, and was the last person serving time for the 1965 murder, is free on parole after 45 years.

Hagan, 69, has said he was one of three gunmen who shot Malcolm X as he began a speech at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. But Hagan has said the two men convicted with him were not involved.

They maintained their innocence and were paroled in the 1980s. No one else has ever been charged.

He has repeatedly expressed regret for his role in the assassination, which he described in a 2008 court filing as the deed of a young man who “acted out of rage on impulse and loyalty” to religious leaders.

“I’ve had a lot of time, a heck of a lot of time, to think about it,” Hagan told a parole board last month, according to a transcript of the interview.

“I understand a lot better the dynamics of movements and what can happen inside movements, and conflicts that can come up, but I have deep regrets about my participation in that,” said Hagan, adding that he had earned a master’s degree in sociology since his conviction.

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