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'Gary from Chicago': A tale of redemption at the Oscars

(CNN) -- It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Gary Alan Coe.

On Valentine's Day, he was resentenced after being locked up for 20 years under California's three-strikes law, which carried a mandatory life term following a third conviction.

The 59-year-old then was released from prison last week after serving more than a third of his life in prison for stealing perfume in 1997.

On Sunday, Coe unexpectedly emerged from the shadows of America's prison system as "Gary from C

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