Release Kraig Jacobson
  • Petitioned Canadian Government

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Canadian Government

Release Kraig Jacobson

    1. Mitch Mallory
    2. Petition by

      Mitch Mallory

      Provo, UT

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October 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Mitch Mallory: Kraig, (through this petition I believe) found a lawyer who specialized in his exact case type. It took a few weeks, but once this all got going, things started happening and today he is free to leave Canada! Thanks to all for the support, we'll see if Kraig can update us all once he's back home.

Kraig and Kevin Jacobson, brothers age 26 and 19, embarked on July 6 on a motorcycle adventure across North America, planning to raise money for cancer awareness, document their adventures, and just celebrate being young and free.

July 15, Kraig and Kevin crossed the US border into Canada. Kraig was carrying a firearm for protection from dangerous wildlife while camping and didn't declare it, unaware of the consequences. He was told he would be searched and immediately taken into custody.

After 18 days in jail, Kraig was released on bail but is forced to stay in Canada. The prosecution refuses to give any kind of leniency and seems to be trying to make an example of Kraig by offering no plea or suspended sentence. Kraig is being faced with a minimum 4-6 month prison sentence.

As of August 16, the crown attorney still refuses any kind of bargaining, so Kraig's trial date (not release date...his TRIAL) is set for January 24, 2013.

Not declaring a gun was a mistake, yes, and Kraig understands that. But 6 months prison? Being stuck in Ontario for 4 months WAITING to go to prison?

Obviously, Canada is trying to make a statement about Americans with guns. That's fine, but don't use someone with no criminal record (and without the finances to defend himself) as the whipping boy. Fine him? Sure. Kick him out of Canada forever? No problem. But prison? Taking away nearly a year of his life? This needs to stop now.

Because he can't legally work in Canada while he is detained we have setup an online store where you can purchase a T-shirt to help pay for his legal fees. You can find the store at FreeKraig.org.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Bigger News Coverage

      Mitch Mallory
      Petition Organizer

      Some big places are picking up the story. Hopefully, this gets the ear of someone in power...also, nice work on getting over 1k signatures, peepz!

      http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/honest-mistake-lands-utah-student-jail-bringing-handgun-194626839.html

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/college-student-stuck-in-canada-until-2013-for-not-declaring-handgun-fast-enough-to-border-officials/

      Again, I must say...it's awesome that there are still sympathetic, understanding people who are not self-righteous and do not pretend they've never made mistakes. Those people sign this petition. People of the opposite bent seem to flock to condemn Kraig on the article comment boards. Read and weep for the future...

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. FreeKraig.org

      Mitch Mallory
      Petition Organizer

      There's now a website for Kraig selling t-shirts to try and raise some money for his legal defense. This story just got picked up by the Associated Press, so it could get a lot of momentum quickly. Exciting stuff.

      www.freekraig.org

    4. Local Utah News Picked Up the Story

      Mitch Mallory
      Petition Organizer

      Sadly, the comments on the news story have become a spew of self-righteous prattle of behemoth proportions. Please note, as we have said approximately 8,000 times...We (nor Kraig) aren't pretending Kraig is 100% innocent, nor are we starting a forum on immigration, gun laws, etc. We are saying we've ALL made split-second mistakes, and it's really a tough consequence on this particular one.

      We just feel the consequence should fit the crime, and in this particular crime, there was NO ill intent, prior convictions, etc.

      Here's the local news article on it:
      http://sportssleeprepeat.com/Kraig

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Explanation from Kraig's Father

      Mitch Mallory
      Petition Organizer

      I don't know if anyone sees these news updates, but Kraig's dad posted on the comments and it adds clarity. PS...read through the comments, Kraig is a high-character, good-intentioned person according to EVERYONE!

      I had a chance to talk to Kraig about the incident. He and his brother had been riding all day, he was dehydrated and worried about having passports and paperwork ready and when he was asked about having a weapon he was momentarily confused and said no. He was instructed to pull over to the side where another border agent again asked him if he had any weapons, at which point Kraig came to his senses and responded in the affirmative. This was all prior to any searches, but he was nonetheless immediately arrested. There was no malicious intent. The Local police recognized this and dropped the gun possession charge, but the Federal persecutor has decided to pursue the crime of smuggling with malicious intent which is bogus as there was no intent to smuggle, nor malicious intent

    7. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Krol ST THOMAS, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      WTG Kraig!!

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      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe it's an abuse of governmental power a locked legal handgun is not an action that government should intervene in in a free society. Clear to me was that it was an oversight of this young man and quickly remedied by his actions.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      Because this situation could happen to anyone and if I was in his shoes I would want someone to do the same as I am doing.

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    • Ronald Riding PROVO, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Kraig is my grand nephew. He was not trying to get away with something. I hope you will release him.

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    • Sherry Royal SAULDA, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a Canadian living in the US and I hate to see Canada looking so ridiculous.

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