• Petitioned Honorable Governor Jack Markell. Delaware

This petition was delivered to:

Honorable Governor Jack Markell. Delaware
Delaware Governor

Review case of Andre A. Rivera who got 4 life sentences for burglary.

    1. Michaelangelo Rodriguez
    2. Petition by

      Michaelangelo Rodriguez


Below is a a letter from Andres A. Rivera from his cell in James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, Delaware.

"Dear Change.org.,
My name is Andre A. Rivera, SBI 144411. I am writing you today in hope that you would support me with my petition through your website, Change.org.
I am a 57 years old Hispanic from San Juan, Puerto Rico, a father of two, and a long time resident of Wilmington, Delaware. Presently, I am a state prisoner at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, located in Smyrna, Delaware, 19977. Sentence on November 3rd, 1995 to four(4) mandatory life sentences for second degree burglary which only carries a sentence of two (2) to ten (10) year sentences.
My petition to the outside world is in hope that some one would take an interest in my case and help me to obtain my freedom under a proportionality review....
I would also like to add at this time that on September 8, 2008, I submitted a complete package to the State's Pardon Board in hope that a commutation hearing would be held in regards to my sentence of November 3rd, 1995.
I was never called or have heard from the States Pardon Board concerning my petition.
It's in this respect that I write this petition to empower anyone, anywhere, to start, join, and support my life campaign to have my sentence commutated and go back home to my family and friends.
Andre A Rivera
James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
Smyrna, Delaware19977

Comment: While in prison, Andre A Rivera, completed his GED from James H. Grooves High School, DE, and received many certificates of appreciation from the NAACP, certificate of completion from Thresholds, and Delaware Correctional Center for Anger Management, and Stratford Career Institute.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rosa Rivera WILMINGTON, DE
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important becuase I don't feel Mr. Rivera was given a fair opportunity. When I see so many cases in our courts where the offence was much severe and the punishment a lot less.

    • Lois Robison FORT WORTH, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Mr. Rivera's sentence is excessive.

    • Tekla Lewin COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Life sentence for burglary is wildly excessive -- a proportionality review would be minimal justice here.

    • Gretchen Vala BEAVERTON, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      This level of upward departure from sentencing guidelines leads one to question the sanity of the sentencing judge!

    • Janice Soule VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Excessive punishment is never an answer and as our VA Governor has stated, but not yet excercised, "Everyone deserves a 2nd chance". Come on Deleware, get real....


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