James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928–April 23, 1998) was a career criminal convicted of the assassination of American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was convicted on March 10, 1969, after agreeing to a plea bargain by which, in exchange for a guilty plea, he was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a trial.

James Earl Ray was born in Alton, Illinois. He dropped out of 10th grade at the age of 15. He worked for a ...

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