A reader sent me the following story:
BERKELEY, California (AP) — Trading in his state-issued blue denim for a black robe and white collar, the Rev. James Tramel left prison and arrived at the small Episcopal church where he’ll now serve as assistant pastor.
"I am overwhelmed and deeply grateful to be home," Tramel said.
Tramel, 38, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1986 for his role in the stabbing death of a homeless man and was paroled Sunday. He was driven directly to the church after meeting with parole officials.
A trim man with glasses and short hair, Tramel spoke quietly and nervously, and seemed to be holding back tears as he clutched a weathered Bible. When he entered a small dining hall for breakfast, many congregants yelled, clapped and shouted their greetings.
"I really want to get in and see everyone that’s been supportive of me," he said with his arm wrapped around his fiancee, the Rev. Stephanie Green, also an Episcopal priest.