Coatesville native Hercules “Chico” Butler has experienced a lot in his 85 years. He has written about it in Justice Denied: The Abridged Autobiography of Hercules “Chico” Butler, writes Rob Taylor Jr. for the New Pittsburgh Courier.
Butler joined the Army in the early 1950s and fought in the Korean War. In June 1952, before Butler turned 21, the Army diagnosed him as having “anxiety reaction” and he was removed from combat. He served two years as an Army “medic” before being honorably discharged in June 1954.
Butler later fell on hard times and resorted to excessive drinking. He was later charged and convicted of a burglary and homicide in Chester County, a crime he said he did not commit and had no recollection of due to his alcoholism and medical issues.
He went to prison in Philadelphia, but was later transferred to the Pittsburgh State Correctional Institution. In 1972, after 15 years in prison, an organization helped to have Butler’s sentence commuted to parole and he became a free man.
Today, Butler lives in the Pittsburgh area, where he has been speaking for years with students at schools on choosing the right path in life.
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