My nephew was a police officer who was wrongfully accused and unjustly convicted on ONE count of running license plates and providing other sensitive law enforcement information. To that point, he had 25 years of service on the police force and had an exceptional career record that included accolades for community service. He was months away from making Sergeant. Other co-conspirators related to this drug trafficking case were all sentenced to no more than 5 years jail, and one sentenced to just a single day. My nephew refused to take a plea and as a result was sentenced to 18 years in prison on one count with having no prior arrests.
The judge ignored more than 200 character witness letters from his church, colleagues and friends. The judge also ignored the fact that my nephew had just been consecrated as a Minister of The Gospel. He made it a point to say that he was setting an example with his ruling because my nephew refused to take a plea and was costing the state money. This judge is also the same one who sentenced another young black man to 116 years in prison for his part in cell phone store robberies. That case is headed to the Supreme Court.
A jury believed they had enough evidence (recorded phone calls) to find my nephew guilty and while we disagree, it is the enormity of the punishment that is the most devastating. My nephew is a good and faithful man. And even since his incarceration, he has continued to serve God fervently, to minister still. He is hundreds and hundreds of miles away from his wife of 30 years, his family, and his church.
As I’ve said, the legal fees are astounding and the people helping with this appeal have been a blessing. Our prayer is that in March, this judge might have a different outlook on this most egregious sentence for a first time, non-violent offender but more so, that new evidence will have the sentence reversed. Thank you in advance for any and all support, please know that it is greatly appreciated.
- Jaquil Short
- Brandy James
- Michele Thayet
- Calvon Sheridan
- Reliable Installation
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