Life Sentence for Juvenile Zach Reid an INJUSTICE!
  • Petitioned WI Court of Appeals

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WI Court of Appeals

Life Sentence for Juvenile Zach Reid an INJUSTICE!

    1. HEATHER WHITPAN
    2. Petition by

      HEATHER WHITPAN

      SEYMOUR, WI

Zach was found guilty of 1st degree intentional homicide for accidentally killing his father during an altercation. He was sentenced to life with the possiblility of parole in 40 years. He was 16 years old at the time of the incident. The court did not allow the jury to hear any details of the abuse Zach suffered at the hands of his alcoholic father. He grew up in a very unhealthy environment and suffered physical & mental abuse his entire life. The court also did not allow full testimony from the psychiatrist who found that Zach had Battered Child Syndrome as well as PTSD. The court portrayed him as an evil teenager due to the music he listened to and the crowd he hung out with. Zach was continually placed back into the home although authorities and counselors knew of the unhealthy environment. On the night of the incident, Zach & his father had gotten into an argument and Zach put his father into a chokehold when he came at Zach. His intention was to have his father passout however Zach soon realized that his father was no longer breathing.
This was NOT premeditated and Zach is NOT a monster. He is also not a threat to anyone in society. He accepts full responsibility for his actions and understands that there are consequences to pay. However, he should not have to spend his life in prison! Please make the court hear that this sentence is not justice!!

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    1. 125 Signatures Now!!! Keep em coming :)

      HEATHER WHITPAN
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone for their support!!! Please keep spreading the word.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Thank You!!

      HEATHER WHITPAN
      Petition Organizer

      We are only FOUR signatures away from our first 100!! Thank you to everyone who has shown their support, not only by signing but by sharing the story in social media. Zach is very appreciative of the support as well :)

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Zach's Appeal

      HEATHER WHITPAN
      Petition Organizer

      The following link is to the actual appeal case

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    • Tammy Bearden FULTOHAM, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      it isn't right for Zach to be the one in trouble. HE was being beaten and no telling what else what was going on ,... Im sure the kid is saying why me , my hole family beat me , mental abuse, and physical abuse me and now the World, This isn't right, I pray that the Lord will make a way that doesn't seemth a way.

      HE DOESN'T DESERVE THIS.

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    • jeffrey Dillon CARSON, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      When my drunken father put me in a chokehold, i did not know how to fight back, and surrendered, nearly losing consciousness. When my father shot at us, blowing holes in our tires, to prevent escape, i still did not know how to fight back. The background of abuse must be considered when looming at the case. I could have died at the hands of my abuser. I'm sorry that the price Zach must pay for fighting back is prison, and i think probation would be a better solution. Zach, some of us understand more than others.

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    • kim wright SARNIA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Locking our youth up is not the answer. This kid could be preductive in life outside the jail system. WM3 all over again.

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    • incardona aurelie ISTRES, FRANCE
      • over 2 years ago

      THIS YOUNG MAN DONT DESERVE LIFE JAIL THE COURT SYSTEM IS SO BAD WITH THIS YOUNG MAN OBVIOULSY THEY DONT CARE ABOUT TRUTH WHAT A SHAME

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    • Elizabeth Michael STATESVILLE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      kids should not be sentenced to a life in prison, please give Zach a second chance.

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