Just days after his Oscars debut, Gary Alan Coe — also known as “Gary from Chicago” — is speaking out about his troubled past.
The man who rubbed elbows with Meryl Streep, Ryan Gosling and Mahershala Ali completed a 20-year prison sentence just days before the Academy Awards.
“I’m a changed man,” Coe told ET on Tuesday. “Anyone can do it and it’s hard work, it was not easy. It was very painful and now I am a changed man.”
Coe has been in and out of California’s prison system since 1994. In 1997, he was convicted of petty theft and sentenced to 25 years to life under the three-strikes law, according to a spokesperson with the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Along with multiple petty theft and robbery convictions, Coe was convicted of attempted rape in 1978.
After spending about 20 years in prison, Coe was re-sentenced under the Three Strikes Reform Act to just six years. Having served well over six years already, Coe was released from the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran on Thursday, the spokesperson said.
“For all those women affected by my past, Gary is a changed man. I respect women. I’m not some monster,” he told Inside Edition, adding that he wants people to know that he’s “remorseful.”