Richard DeLisi, 71, was released on Tuesday from the South Bay Correctional Facility in Palm Bay County, the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed to CNN.
He has been imprisoned since 1989 when he was convicted of scheduling, cannabis trafficking and conspiracy and sentenced to 90 years in prison for smuggling more than 100 pounds of marijuana from Colombia to Florida.
His release has not been behind bars for the first time in 32 years, according to a nonprofit called the Last Prisoner Project, which is calling for the release of prisoners convicted of marijuana.
Despite pressure from the Last Prisoner Project, Florida Department of Corrections press secretary Kayla McLaughlin told CNN that the decision to raise DeLisi’s release date was not “related to any outside action.”
DeLisi’s release date was originally raised from the summer of 2022 to May 2021 after an error was discovered in his records, McLaughlin said, reinstating his 390-day temporary release, which was due at the start of his 1989 sentence.
DeLisi’s family met him on Tuesday, said Mary Bailey, executive director of the last prisoner project who was involved in DeLisi’s release. He met two of his five grandchildren for the first time and enjoyed seafood with his family after testing the Covid-19. Bailey said.
Correction: An earlier version of the story misspelled the name of the country, Colombia.
CNN’s Eric Levenson contributed to the report.