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Devin McCourty presses Charlie Baker to commute life sentence of Brockton man

Less than 24 hours after beating the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty was on the steps of the Massachusetts State House — this time playing offense.

In a rally Monday, the Patriots captain joined activists calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to commute the life sentence of William Allen, a Brockton resident who has spent the last 27 years in prison, to give him a chance at life outside bars.

“I hope and pray you decide the best place for him to lay his head is outside of prison,” McCourty said Monday, quoting the words of civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson that “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.