Patriots’ McCourty joins efforts to free Brockton man from prison

BROCKTON — William Allen has seen many visitors over Zoom from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Most frequently, his father, Thurston Allen, will call and reminisce of when William Allen was just learning how to drive stick using his 1969 black Chevrolet van. Advocates will share articles and letters of support about or addressed to Allen. And attorneys brief him on the status of his case and instilling the hope of his release.

But a virtual visit by a man that was in grade school the last time William Allen was free to ride his father’s Chevy may provide the support Allen needs to be released from prison after serving 27 years.

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty speaks at the news conference hosted by the Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) in support of calls for a second chance at justice for William Allen on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the Christ Congregational Church in Brockton.

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty announced publicly at a news conference behind Christ Congregational Church in Brockton on Wednesday afternoon his efforts to help William Allen’s case for receiving clemency from Gov. Charlie Baker.

“I saw a light in him despite the darkness around him,” McCourty said about his first interaction with William Allen over Zoom on April 6.

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