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Let Virgil spend her last days with her family
  • Petitioned California Governor

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California Governor

Let Virgil spend her last days with her family

    1. dixie may
    2. Petition by

      dixie may

      Marion, IL

May 2013


On May 10, 2013 the California Parole Board found Glenda Virgil suitable for release and her family can soon reunite after 25 years of being apart. This brings the opportunity for Virgil to hold her daughter, Nida, in her arms and finally meet her granddaughter, Dixie, for the first time.

From Virgil's granddaughter Dixie:

My grandma, Glenda Virgil, will finally be reunited with her family for her last living days because of your help.

She's been behind bars for over 25 years for a crime she committed in self defense, and last September was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and less than a year to live. I truly believed I would never get to meet my grandmother, and that my mom wouldn't get a chance to say goodbye. But over 55,000 people signed my petition asking for her parole, I had hope -- and last Friday the parole board finally approved her request to spend her last days reunited with our family.

We're still waiting to hear from the Governor's office how long it will take for her actual release, but we couldn't be more excited. My grandma is 66 now and in a wheelchair, and we've never met since I was born while she was in prison. My mom had tears in her eyes just talking about being able to hug her mom again.

It's because of your support that my grandma will get to spend her last days free with me and the rest of her family. Thank you for your support.

To support Virgil's transition to life as a free woman the family is raising money at http://www.gofundme.com/glenda-virgil

Dixie's campaign was supported by the USC Post Conviction Justice Project and the Sin By Silence Project.

My grandma, Glenda Virgil, was the victim of physical, mental and emotional abuse by her boyfriend over a period of four years before getting the courage to leave the relationship. When her boyfriend learned of her plans to leave him, he beat her for several hours and threatened to kill both her, himself and their dog with a gun.

Virgil believing that her life would end if she did not act, shot and killed her abuser.

Despite two expert evaluators’ conclusion that Virgil’s history of abuse contributed to her crime and her fear of the victim, no evidence of her abuse was admitted at her trial and has never been given serious consideration by the parole panels that have considered her for parole.

Virgil, now 65 years old and in a wheelchair, has served 25 years for her crime. Recently she suffered four pulmonary embolisms and in September was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer and given less than a year to live.

Keeping Virgil incarcerated is an injustice. During her time in prison Virgil has dedicated herself to self-help and rehabilitation, and she has dedicated herself to mentoring other victims of trauma and abuse.

Please sign my petition so my grandma can spend her last days at home with her family.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. My grandma's story from the documentary Sin by Silence.

      dixie may
      Petition Organizer
      Sin by Silence: Glenda Virgil's Story of Abuse : Video : Investigation Discovery

      Glenda Virgil is the victim of abuse. The night she killed her husband, she was packing to leave him for good and that's what started the final beatings she

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • dixie may MARION, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Hi I'm Nida and Virgil is my mom and wont to thank everyone for all they have done for my mom and for letting us spend this time together thank you all so much

    • Lysa Marie RIDGEREST, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Domestic violence is wrong! There should be harsher laws to protect innocent women. Abuse is NEVER okay. Whether it be verbal, emotional, sexual, psychological or physical. It damages the person FOREVER.

    • Alannah Long RIO LINDA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This could have been many women, including myself. Domestic Violence should not be tolerated, she should also not have to die in prison when she was beaten over and over by this man.

    • Violet Harmon LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      It's a true injustice. Let this woman be with her family.

    • Brianna Santos COSTA MESA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Although she did commit a crime, it was an act of self defense and I believe that she has served enough time and deserves to be with her family because of everything she has gone through and progress she has made


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