George Ferenz is Innocent: Demand justice for a falsely accused veteran.
  • Petitioning Usha Reddi

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Commissioner of the City of Manhattan
Usha Reddi
Commissioner of the City of Manhattan
Rich Jankovich
City of Manhattan
Commissioner Karen McCulloh
Law Enforcement Agency Board
Mayor Pro Tem Wynn Butler
City of Manhattan
Mayor John Matta
Kansas State Senate
Kansas State House
Kansas
Gov. Sam Brownback

George Ferenz is Innocent: Demand justice for a falsely accused veteran.

    1. Frida Castaneda
    2. Petition by

      Frida Castaneda

      fort worth, TX

George Ferenz does not belong behind bars. We cannot allow an innocent man to spend his life in prison. He served his country honorably and we must now step up and protect his rights. We must fix this wrongful conviction. Give George a fair and just trial to prove his innocence.

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    1. Happy Birthday George! The fight continues!!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      George's birthday is upon us!! On November 6th, 2014, George will be spending his second birthday behind bars. As awful as the situation may seem to be at the moment, we can all make it a little bit better and brighter for him this year by flooding him with birthday wishes and love! The plan is for him to receive most of his birthday wishes on or around his special day, so we are asking everyone to send him a birthday card/letter on any day between October 31st and November 3rd, that way they will all arrive around the same time!

      George Ferenz 0106710
      P. O. Box 2
      Lansing, KS 66043

      Please be aware that the facility does NOT allow musical cards. Homemade cards are totally fine as long as they do not contain paint, glitter, or glue.

      Let's make this birthday a cheerful one for George! This time last year was a very tough time for all of us, we were freshly heartbroken and just beginning to put the pieces back together. Today we stand strong and are confident that we are on the right path towards resolving this terrible injustice!
      Thank you for all of the love and support you have all so graciously shared with us! We would not be where we are today without all of you!

      Don't forget to join our Facebook page for updates and more news on wrongful convictions!
      www.facebook.com/justiceforgeorgeferenz

    2. Update!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      So it has been some time since our last update, our apologies! We have been very busy with the on-going appeal. Unfortunately these things do take time and we have about one year of fighting ahead of us.
      In the mean time, George is staying strong and doing well, all things considered. We had a wonderful visit over the weekend, we played Scrabble (believe it or not, George won 2 out of 3 games!), did some catching up, and daydreamed about our future.
      He's been placed in one of the nicer units which consists of two-man rooms that open up to an area shared by 16 people. They have their own day room section and its a lot more peaceful. He is able to get frequent access to a telephone and they have both inside and outside visiting areas. He has also started attending the Veteran's Group meetings at the facility and plans on joining the running club.
      If you would like to receive an emailed update from George's family please send us an email at justiceforgeorge13@gmail.com!
      -Frida

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Justice WILL prevail!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to those who have signed the petition and joined our Facebook page. We understand that television shows are first and foremost meant to entertain and cause controversy. For us, misinformation was the cost of national exposure. They made out-of-context and downright incorrect statements which we are enthusiastic to address as is permissible, considering this is still an active case within the judicial system. Let us not lose sight of the most critical issue at hand: a fair and just trial is the foundation of our American civil liberties. George was wrongfully denied that right. A life sentence is an extraordinary burden to bear when there is so much uncertainty. Whether or not you choose to believe in his innocence, this devoted father and loving family man undeniably deserves a retrial. Please keep spreading the word about this injustice to all your family, friends and contacts. We deeply appreciate and are very touched by all your support!

    5. It's official!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Alright everyone, the episode of Dr. Phil which will feature George's story is scheduled to air this coming Friday, February 7th! Check your local TV listings to see what time your local CBS channel will air the show. Finally George's case will get the national attention it deserves! Please continue to share our petition and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforGeorgeFerenz

      George Ferenz does NOT deserve to spend a single second behind bars and we will continue our fight until this innocent father has the freedom he deserves!

      George Ferenz is Innocent: Demand justice for a falsely accused veteran.

      George Ferenz is Innocent: Demand justice for a falsely accused veteran. 621 likes · 104 talking about this. On October 21st, 2013, George Ferenz was sentenced to life in prison for crimes which he did not commit. Your consideration and empathy are imperative. As you read this letter, an honest friend, father and U.S.

    6. National Attention!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Some of you may remember a few months ago when we mentioned writing to the Dr. Phil Show about George's case. Well, they indeed took interest and George's story will be featured in an upcoming show in February! We do not have an exact air date yet, but as soon as we do we will be sure to let everyone know. The video below is a teaser of upcoming shows. George's story is brought up briefly starting around the 20 second mark. This is bound to bring national attention to the case and we have high hopes that it will help us all in our search for justice!

      Please continue to share George's story and our petition! The battle is not over until we stop fighting, and we will fight until George is free!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=m-ch-fea&v=l30xTJCUiGY&app=desktop

    7. Update!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone! It has been a while since our last update but we do have great news!! George has been moved to Lansing Correctional Facility. He will likely be here for some time so please please PLEASE write to him, send him book, magazines, newspapers, etc! We know a lot of you have been waiting and he has gone some time without much mail, so let's flood this place with letters and show them that George has much love and support outside of those walls! His mailing address is:

      George Louis Ferenz 0106710
      Lansing Correctional Facility
      P.O. Box 2
      Lansing, Kansas 66043-0002

      George is staying strong and being very patient. He knows we are fighting for him out here and has faith that the truth will indeed set him free. We have been very busy contacting media/political figures and have been successful in getting some national attention, we cannot say much yet but please PLEASE stay tuned! Thank you so much for all of the love and support and remember, SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!
      Frida

    8. Have you visited our Facebook Page?

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Hello and thank you all for signing our petition! Each signature gets us one step closer to finding TRUE justice for George Ferenz.

      If you have not already, please take a moment to visit our Facebook page
      https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforGeorgeFerenz
      Here you will find updates, messages from George and his family, and even some artwork that George has sent us during his time behind bars. This is a wonderful way to truly build a community of support for George. Join in and "like" us today!

      Thank you all and God bless!
      Frida

    9. There is light at the end of this dark tunnel!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Our Facebook page and petition continue to grow at an amazing rate. We cannot thank all of you enough for all of the love and support that has been sent George's way. He is now in custody at a Kansas Correctional Facility undergoing the evaluation phase. The counselors and administrators who he has talked to are amazed by him and cannot believe the situation he is in. Even the very people who are in charge of keeping him behind bars believe that he does not belong there. George is an amazing, upstanding young man and this can be sensed by anyone in his presence. He is staying strong, although cold and hungry.
      We have been approached by many organizations and individuals who are interested in helping with George's case and look forward to meeting with them in the near future. We have also been approached by some media groups who are also interested in featuring George's case. His story will be heard, and his wrongful conviction will be overturned. Together we will make certain of it!

    10. Congratulations to the Ferguson Family!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, what an amazing time for the Ferguson Family! After the longest 10 years of their lives, their son Ryan is finally free! His conviction has been 100% vacated and he is a free man! I've been keeping up with their Facebook page which has been changed from "Free Ryan Ferguson" to "Freed Ryan Ferguson," and the pictures they have shared recently have brought tears to my eyes. Seeing Ryan use a smartphone for the first time, showing his family the guitar picking tricks he learned behind bars, and his first walk on a beach since his release. We can only hope that it does not take Kansas 10 years to realize what a horrible mistake they have made in regards to George. That being said, Ryan's story gives us hope and shows us that no matter what happens, no matter how many doors are closed in our faces, no matter how many times we are denied, we will continue to fight. Congratulations Ferguson Family! We hope to share your joy as soon as possible!

      -Frida

    11. Happy Birthday George!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Today marks 31 years since we were blessed with the life of George Ferenz. Reaching 1,000 signatures is a wonderful gift, not only for George, but for everyone involved in this campaign. This year, George is forced to spend this special day behind bars. It is shameful that such a great individual is being treated this way. We will prevail, and we will share many joyous occasions with George in the future.

      Happy Birthday George! We love you and will fight this through until the end!

      Thank you to all of those who have signed! We are making some great progress and could not have made it this far without all of the wonderful support!

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. Great things are happening!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      George has been cooperative and candid every step of the way. There was ample doubt & severe lack of proof to his conviction. It is not the Constitutional intention for a jury to establish their verdict using instinct or impression, but facts and evidence; of which there is none tangible or substantial to suspect George of these heinous crimes. Their role was detrimental to their own society in that they are drawing funds away from their community and wrongfully imprisoning an exceptional American citizen. Upon closer examination, you will find misconduct by authorities, a radically unstable woman who jeopardized the health and safety of at least 4 youth while living in Kansas, and a powerfully positive young man that is fighting rightfully for his life. This should not go ignored. The trial was a mockery and he deserves a retrial if not acquittal of all charges. We are a strong family of support and Kansas will be hearing and seeing us advocate truth until this injustice is resolved.

    14. We need your input!!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      We are sending letters to anyone and everyone who may be interested in helping out with George's case. This includes reporters, news anchors, activists, lawyers, politicians, ANYBODY! If you have any connections or know anyone who might be a good resource in our campaign please send us a PM on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforGeorgeFerenz
      or email us at justiceforgeorge13@gmail.com.
      The more eyes and hands we can get on this the better!!
      This is FAR from over, George WILL be a free man.

    15. Our fight does NOT end here!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Please see the top of our petition for an update message from Harold and Cynthia Ferenz, George's parents. We cannot believe the response from the jury foreman who was present for the sentencing hearing. The foreman said that all of the women on the jury considered George guilty from the very beginning. Many people were present and witnessed this statement. Unbelievable that a group of men and women who were legally charged with making such a critical decision can set aside all reasonable doubt and base their decision of off preconceived notions, stereotypes, and inconsistent testimonies. It is a slap in the face to our justice system.

      It does NOT end here. We will now take our battle to the Kansas Court of Appeals. In the mean time, an innocent man sits in prison.
      Please continue to share our petition. We will continue to fight this disgrace to our justice system and our campaign for Justice For George will continue until George Ferenz has the freedom he deserves.

    16. Our fight continues

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Once again the District Courts of Riley County have disappointed those of us who had any inkling of faith left in our justice system. The judge denied all motions filed on behalf of George. As expected, the prosecutor used unfounded and exaggerated information in his attempt to push for a COMPLETELY unjust sentencing. George read a very heartfelt and emotional statement to the judge. The judge did not acknowledge any of what George said in his statement and denied both Mr. Harold Ferenz and Frida Castaneda the right to read a statement to the court. George was given four life sentences that are to run concurrently. Our next step is to move on to the Kansas Appellate Court, where we have reason to believe (and hope that) we have a very good chance of getting a retrial. We will continue to fight for what we all know is the true justice that has already been denied for far too long. Keep sharing the petition and don't forget to "like" us on Facebook! The Truth Shall Set You Free!!

    17. Monday, October 21st

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      The sentencing hearing is fast approaching and we would love to see as many people as possible present to show their support for George! If you live in the area and are available please join us! We hope to see you on Monday, October 21st at 1pm!

      https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1377048_609782652397886_806419698_n.jpg

    18. The big day is only one week away!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Happy (rainy) Monday everybody! As of today we are just one week away from the sentencing hearing. Now we TRULY need your support! I know we've been asking this repeatedly but it is SO important for all of us to share our petition throughout this week! We need to stack up the signatures so that we have a nice hefty petition by next Monday. Even if you just share once, and that one share gets us one more signature, imagine the possibilities! I am working hard to contact anybody and everybody who can possibly help us have a positive impact on the decisions made on October 21st, there are a variety of possibilities and we are focused on getting the most positive result possible. Pleeeease please share our petition this week, and let people know why you think it is so important to support this cause. Let's make it count!
      Thank you for all you have done, and thank you for supporting truth and justice!
      https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforGeorgeFerenz

    19. 800 signatures and counting!!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Ok everybody, it is time for another snail mail campaign! This time we are asking you to write letters toooo....

      GEORGE FERENZ!

      That's right, we want to show him our love and support, and what better way than by showering him with positive messages! It doesn't have to be a novel or anything, you can even just send him a picture with a short message.
      We need to help him stay strong, and writing to him will definitely be the spinach to his Popeye
      Send your letters to:

      George Ferenz
      Riley County Jail
      1001 South Seth Child Road
      Manhattan, Kansas 66502

      You can also send him books, but they must come directly from the distributor (ex. Amazon, Ebay).
      Thank you for all you have done already and remember, we will not stop until TRUE justice is served and George is living the life he deserves!

    20. Reached 750 signatures
    21. Attention Manhattan/Junction City Folks!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      We will be in town this weekend (Oct 5-6). We are bringing flyers and information to spread the word on George's situation. It is IMPERATIVE that we develop some sort local support base. If we want the elected officials to see this as a problem, then we need the citizens of Riley County to see it as a problem first! If anyone is interested in joining us at any time during our visit send an email to justiceforgeorge13@gmail.com and we will arrange to meet up. A large part of the success of our campaign depends on how involved we can get with the local community. They must be made aware of the issue! This could happen to anybody and it is the very same justice system that we depend on in our hour of need!
      Thank you and we will see you this weekend!
      Frida Castaneda

    22. Justice Will Prevail!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everybody,

      As always, we are so grateful for all the support we have gotten from everyone. It means so much to us to have so many people backing George's innocence. A wrongful conviction is not just bad for the person accused. It is bad for the entire community. Remember, this is the same justice system that is supposed to protect you, your family, and your friends. How can we depend on a system that has so easily locked up so many innocent people?
      We have sent out over 330 letters to elected officials. George has also been writing to them. We believe it is up to Riley County and Manhattan Officials to do the right thing. They have faced a similar situation before and have hopefully learned their lesson.
      Check out our new T-shirts at Facebook.com/JusticeForGeorgeFerenz
      It is up to all of us to spread the word until it falls on the right ears!

    23. Snail Mail!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      First of all we want to say thank you to all of those who have signed our petition. I've noticed a lot of servicemen have signed and spoken up against how often situations like this happen. We have to shed light on this serious issue. I believe people are good at heart, and if they are well informed they will support a cause for the common good. This effects all of us. Please continue to share our petition and spread the word! We have sent out an incredible number of letters to local elected officials, they should be arriving sometime next week. We are hoping to make a big impact and hopefully we will receive a proactive reaction. It's not too late to send your letter! If you'd like to send a letter to our list of elected officials send us an email at justiceforgeorge13@gmail.com and we will give you all of the information you need.
      Once again, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, and remember, Share Share Share!

    24. Our GoFundMe site is up!

      Frida Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Our GoFundMe site is up and running! Please donate whatever you can. The donations will be used to pay for current and future legal expenses, travel expenses, phone calls, postage and the myriad of other things to support George in this fight for justice. Just one 15 minute call with George cost about $25, if that gives you any idea of just how much of a financial burden this entire situation has been and will continue to be for the the Ferenz Family. Any donation, be it $5 or $50, is greatly appreciated. Thanks for you support and remember, Share Share Share!!

      http://www.gofundme.com/4hcla0?pc=fb_cr

    25. Reached 500 signatures

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    • pat collins AUSTRALIA
      • 8 days ago

      this has been brought to my attention, this is important ot me as I am a survier of child molestion after reading all that is here and some other evienced I don't believe that he did this to a child , from what I have read and seen here I believe he is innoncent that's why I have put my name to this cause and proud to do it .

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    • abdul reham SUIZHOU, HUBEI, CHINAI, PAKISTAN
      • 22 days ago

      hi

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    • Eric Barrientes HUMBLE, TX
      • 24 days ago

      book THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR by martha stout, I can see the lies and I have personally been on the receiving end of them.

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    • Victoria Bardsley FORT ERIE, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      Innocent victims do NOT deserve to live their lives in prison. Especially not a soldier!

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    • Sherri Ison NEW WHITELAND, IN
      • 2 months ago

      Ive had someone stalk me for the past 3 yrs and he attacked me and then lied, said I hit him and his cop friend arrested me, wouldn't take me statement and was told shut up B instead. I know how it feels to lose everything because a sick demented person falsely accusing you of a crime. God Bless

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