Historical records matching James Earl Ray
About James Earl Ray
Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. He died in prison of hepatitis C.
James Earl Ray's Timeline
March 10, 1928
Alton, Madison County, Illinois, United States
April 23, 1998
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States