“Gary From Chicago” was thrust into overnight fame when the tour group he was a part of joined Jimmy Kimmel in the audience at the Academy Awards. But, unfortunately for Gary, with sudden fame comes sudden infamy.
Instead of letting Gary Alan Coe have his 15 minutes of fame unscathed, the Internet decided a different fate for the 59-year-old Chi-Town native. They have gone and unearthed his back story, one that includes prison time and some unsavory allegations.
Apparently, Coe barely made his Oscars debut. He was released from prison just three day before the big show on Sunday. It turns out Gary had just completed a 20-year bid at Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison near Bakersfield, CA and is a registered sex offender. According to ABC7, he had been arrested for attempted rape as a teenager in 1975, then again in 1994 for grand theft. But the nail in the coffin was the petty theft arrest in 1997 which, because of the three strike rule, put him away for 20 years on a sentence that was originally 25 to life!
And THIS is why Gary deserves a break. He didn’t ask to be famous, he certainly didn’t ask for folks to be digging around his background and most importantly, Gary has done his time and atoned for his sins (he found religion in prision). Coe is a private citizen