Thank you to those of you that have supported and done all you have to this point of this nightmare. Ben has changed his lawyer representation to Jim Tresmond, the best 2nd amendment attorney in our area. We currently owe Cambria's Lawyer firm $32,000 of a balance after already handing over almost $8k... The official transcripts have cost $2k to get... Tresmond's have to at least charge for the printing, filing and court fees which is still a minimum charge of $12,000... they need money from us ASAP...
With Ben not having his job anymore due to this conviction, and my work covering our daily living expenses with having a family of 4 with 2 young children, I have no more to stretch to give them. Ben is working doing his own business with remodeling and construction due to his now labelled status of a convicted felon, but the money and work is slow to come. If you know of anyone that would rather have work done that is local to us instead of just give a donation that will help us too.
I know some of the ppl watching this have some preconceived notions about the details of the case. And there is still even after the trial has came and went and all evidence was shown, doubt about the facts.
So to set the record straight one more time... HE WAS CONVICTED OF SELLING 1 NOT MULTIPLE RIFLES.
HE DID NOT SELL ANY RIFLES TO A FELON OR HE BELIEVED TO BE A FELON.
AND THIS IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN A 'SAFE ACT' CASE.
Please share or donate if possible now that the facts have been shown yet again.
Reminder: Tomorrow at 930am at the Mayville Courthouse is the sentencing. We need as many people as possible to come show their support and show these people that my husband should not go to jail for this injustice!
Next Friday at 930 am in Mayville Courthouse is "D-day"... Any and ALL Support will be greatly appreciated. I think it will only benefit our right for our 2nd amendment rights and overturning this Act seeing the support for the man we all know, not the one Cuomo and his posse have painted and slandered in the media. My wish and daily prayer is for the Judge to keep my husband and Father to our young Children (5yr old daddys' girl & 1yr old "mini me" son) home with us and not behind bars from this injustice while the Appeal Process begins.
I also got the last bill from the attorney $27,000 in the hole which takes into account the $7000 we've already paid them, just up to date. Without Ben having a job anymore (because his employer fired him after his conviction) and NY state's unemployment taking over 2 months to pay out, and not even being close enough for us to pay our bills and no employer willing to hire a felon, that is awaiting sentencing things are looking pretty meek and gloomy here in our world. I wish this nightmare was over and we can just wake up.
Hold your loved ones closer to you today and everyday; you never know when the time will come it may be your last. How ironic that on Memorial Day wknd one of our own heros here in the States is awaiting sentencing from the "Safe" Act which is anything but and takes away from our Bill of Rights & Constitution which he swore to protect and uphold, like all his fallen sister and brothers before us.
Please share this update with your friends and family, Donate if you can, and show up next Friday if you are avail to. Rally support if you can, united we stand divided we fall. Thank you in advance from Ben, myself and our beautiful lil babies.
Things just got even more interesting today as NOW EFFECTIVE TODAY AT NOON, Ben is no longer employed and Fired (from a job he has been at since before Brooke was born 5 yrs ago last wk) because of this conviction of the felonies and to "preserve the company image" for the companies investors, they have "no choice/ hands are tied" and have been advised by their lawyers that they cant have him employed anymore.
So, THANK YOU JJ's for turning in a COMPLETELY NY STATE SAFE Act compliant weapon and turning our lives into a spiral out of control... I wonder if I should forward my mortgage, medical bills and normal living supplies (like diaper and milk for our baby) to JJ's... I dont even know what to do at this point... :( :( :(
Ben was just railroaded by NYS & the SAFE Act, his legal fees are well over $30,000 by now, and still have to fight the appeal. He was convicted UNDER THE SAFE ACT, regardless of what the media is portraying, they wanted no community support during trial and well they got that... :( If we do not stand up for our rights we will never have them, its just a matter of time before they come for you next. JJ Guns started this STATE ran Sting Operation with turning in a HERO, my hero and yours... with a COMPLETELY 'NYS SAFE ACT' LEGAL weapon not the one Ben was even on trial for or even one that was for sale (it was already sold out of state)!! Schniederman went on record with chautauquatoday.com refering to Ben as "a clear message" for "New Yorkers to be held accountable".
New York State has made my Hero a Criminal on 3 counts of felony weapon charges made illegal by the SAFE Act yesterday... we have to fight united to maintain our rights!! The sentencing and appeal process will start May 12th at 930am.
Please share and donate if you can, thank you to those of you that have already done so and kept us in your prayers. We unfortunately need more prayers and support to continue this fight for our not only 2nd amendment but the 4th too... for those of you in court you know why I say that.. taking MY legally permitted weapons leaving me defenseless for my family without a warrant, entering my home waking my child and making her cry... without stepping up and helping us to fight this, you could be next... :(
Thank you everyone for your support. Please help spread the word... This is truly a fight for our 2nd amendment rights. Remember the Bill of Rights does not GIVE us those rights, they defined and secured our God given rights to Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness... Trial Jury Selection starts THIS Tuesday, the 4th @ 10am at the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville, the trial will follow after the 12 Jury members are selected.
It is heart wrenching that TODAY (a day in history as Pearl Harbor day) I realized, the father to my children and my High School Sweetheart, Honorable Marine, my Husband.... is supposed to be celebrating his 34th birthday, and in March of next yr he is facing being taken from me and our babies for up to 35 yrs in prison (longer than he has been on this earth) because of a law that violates all of OUR 2nd Amendment Consitutional rights!!!! AND to top it off we get a bill in the mail from the lawyer for over $2600... the retainer we've pd is already expended and the actual trial/ fight hasnt even truly begun yet!!! If you can please, I know it is Christmas but my family is in Monetary NEED to FIGHT THIS FIGHT FOR ALL OF OUR RIGHTS... anything you can spare, or share with your family/friends/contacts/ supporters. ANYTHING WILL HELP. Thank you in advance. I'm sorry we've been so quiet nothing has been happening... besides the Chautauqua County Judges BOTH recused themselves from Ben's case due to the Ethics Board telling them (Judge Ward and Judge Cass) because they are Paying Members of the NRA and SCOPE there can be a potential conflict of interest... SO, Judge D'Amico from Erie County will be overseeing the case. 2ndly, I am pleased to say the Grand Jury that met threw out the fraudulent misdemeanor about the selling to a felon but, sad to say they did replace it with now 2 more felony D charges to have a total of 5 felony D charges to be fought... 1. Possesion, 2. transport, 3. sale, 4. possesion with intent to sell, and 5. disposal of an "assault weapon". (I do NOT have a law degree but if you ask me the 2 they added are just different verbaige to the same "violations". That is the updates so far... every month we get a new bill from the lawyer with charges from their service but no more information about the case.
Thank you in advance for your support... If ANYONE knows of anyone that has a contact in any 2nd Amendment Pro-Gun groups; NRA, SCOPE or any other please let me know!! The FIGHT is on for our RIGHTS!!
There is a dinner benefit one of my friends setup for tomorrow (Monday the 6th) at Pizza Hut in Fredonia, NY (14063) from 4PM-8PM they donate 20% of proceeds to Ben's fight for our 2nd amendment rights, ppl can eat in or take out, figured it might be a hike for some of u but didn't know if u could spread the word among your friends, families and any of your the groups and stuff for them to spread too an rally some more support ;) thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing an amazing turnout tomorrow evening. P.S. we still have no court date yet for the Grand Jury I know some of u have been inquiring but we have no new info yet. Thank you for UR support, see you tomorrow evening.
Ben Wassell, (my beloved husband and father to both of our beautiful children, daughter aged 4 and son aged 4 months) is the first man charged with violating the unconstitutional SAFE Act Gun Law here in New York State.
My husband is a well decorated, two tour Iraq war veteran and from his almost 8 ½ yrs of service he is currently 90% service-connected disabled. He suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) from being blown up while serving in active duty in Iraq in 2006. There is no surgery or any medical way to fix this injury which he sustained while serving his country, protecting OUR freedoms.
My husband is being made an example in this prosecution. Ben has no criminal history. In time, his true character will become evident.
Ben is being prosecuted by the New York State Attorney General's office. Any donations collected through this fund will be used to pay for my husband to have the BEST defense attorneys possible to fight for his rights, mine, and yours.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.