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President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana
  • Petitioning Ronald L. Rodgers

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Ronald L. Rodgers
President of the United States

President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana

    1. Lisa Angelos
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Angelos

      Sandy, UT

My brother Weldon Angelos, has already been in a federal penitentiary for 10 years.  He faces 45 more years in prison.  All because he sold small amounts of marijuana and possessed – only possessed, didn’t use – guns at the same time! Even the judge who sentenced Weldon disagreed with the mandatory sentence of 55 years.

The father of two young boys and a daughter, Weldon had never before been in trouble with the law.  He was convicted when he was 24 years old of selling small amounts of marijuana to a federal law enforcement informant three times.  The informant testified that a gun was present (never displayed or used) during two of the pot deals.  

When police officers presented a warrant for Weldon’s arrest, he consented to a search of his apartment, where officers found some marijuana, a handgun in his briefcase, and two guns in a locked safe. 

The conservative federal judge Paul Cassell, appointed by President George W. Bush, sentenced Weldon to one day in prison on the marijuana charges.  But, to the judge’s dismay, he had to sentence Weldon to 55 years in prison because Weldon possessed the guns during a drug crime.  That sentence was required by a mandatory minimum sentencing statute.

Judge Cassell called the sentence “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.”  So too have dozens of former judges, U.S. attorneys, and former U.S. Attorneys General who joined together in challenging Weldon’s outrageous sentence.

Under federal law, an extra five years sentence must be imposed for a first offense of having a gun present during an illegal drug transaction.  For each subsequent offense (even just having a gun in a briefcase or a gun locker), an additional sentence of 25 years must be added.  The prosecution “stacked” the three gun charges against Weldon, for sentences of 5 years, 25 years, and another 25 years.

Judge Cassell said the 55 year sentence he was forced to impose was grossly disproportionate.  He noted that Weldon’s sentence is far longer than sentences imposed “for three aircraft hijackings, three second-degree murders, three racial beatings inflicting life-threatening injuries, three kidnappings, and three rapes.”  Also, no state court would impose a sentence anywhere close to 55 years for Weldon’s offenses.  As noted by Judge Cassell, in Utah, where the marijuana sales occurred, Weldon would serve about five to seven years.

Judge Cassell called upon the President to commute Weldon’s sentence, but that hasn’t happened yet – and, after ten years, Weldon is still in prison.  It breaks my heart.  My father fears he will die without ever seeing Weldon from behind bars.

The Constitution provides the President with the power of commutation to reach a humane, merciful, just result.  Please help us reach that result by signing and sharing this petition. 

Recent signatures

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    1. Can you help once more?

      Lisa Angelos
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you again for signing my petition to free my brother Weldon, who is serving a 55 year sentence for marijuana. I need to ask for your help once more - we are hoping to raise $20,000 to pay legal fees and raise awareness to convince the President that Weldon is deserving of clemency.

      Any contribution will help us and you can donate here:
      https://fundly.com/free-weldon-angelos

      If released, some of the funds will go to help Weldon start a new life. It can be difficult to return to life outside of prison walls after so long and having some funds will help him adjust more quickly.

      Thank you so much,

      Lisa Angelos

      Free Weldon Angelos on Fundly

      Twelve years ago by my brother Weldon Angelos was a successful musician and father of three young children. Today he is a federal prisoner serving a mandatory 55-year prison sentence for a first-time marijuana offense. He has served 11 years and is not scheduled to be released from prison until 2057.

    2. Update about Weldon Angelos

      Lisa Angelos
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing my petition to urge President Obama to grant clemency to my brother Weldon Angelos, a first-time marijuana offender serving a 55 mandatory year prison sentence. You are joined by a group of prominent actors, musicians, and former elected and appointed government officials who wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to commute Weldon's sentence.

      Prior to my brother's arrest in 2002, he was an up-and-coming music producer and musician who had worked with artists such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur's recording group. As a way to fund our clemency campaign we placed onto iTunes an album Weldon produced with Snoop Dogg entitled We From The LBC and a song he recorded with Dante Thomas entitled So Many Reasons. We desperately need your help. The album and song are available exclusively on iTunes:
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-from-the-lbc/id860223409
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/so-many-reasons-single/id860

    3. Reached 200,000 signatures

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    @RockyAnderson

    Dec 05, 2012

    Sign and share petition to commute 55 years sentence for pot sales when seller had (didn't use or even display) guns. http://t.co/f2iID7YY

    Rocky Anderson
    5.01k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 4 days ago

      Once brave politicians and others explain the war on drugs' true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. Bring the troops home, people will urge. Treat drugs as a health problem, not as a matter for the criminal justice system.

      Larry Elder

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    • abbi orenstein MANCHESTER, NH
      • 5 days ago

      mandatory sentencing should be abolished.

      Sir, this war on drugs must end. this is we have so many problems. please pardon this guy. who cares what fox news says? do whats right, free these people who are sent to life over minor drug charges. I mean rapists and murders get out before them. where is the justice there?

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    • Stacey Montecino MARRERO, LA
      • 8 days ago

      To quote one of my favorite songs... "The war on drugs may be well intentioned

      But it falls fucking flat when you stop and mention

      The overcrowded prisons where a rapists gets paroled

      To make room for a dude who has sold

      A pound of weed to me that's a crime." Just proves how wrong our justice system is!!!!

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    • Sheryl Nelson HEBER CITY, UT
      • 17 days ago

      Mandatory minimums are unconstitutional and corrupt with the sole purpose of filling our prisons for profit. It's time to put an end to mandatory minimums!

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    • Nancy Atteberry BOONVILLE, IN
      • 22 days ago

      Because it is unfair

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