Free Tyra Patterson
  • Petitioning Ohio Parole Board

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Ohio Parole Board
Ohio Governor
Gov. John Kasich

Free Tyra Patterson

    1. Nancy Day
    2. Petition by

      Nancy Day

Tyra Patterson has been wrongfully incarcerated for 19 years, for crimes she did not commit. I know because I was one of the jurors who voted to convict her of a robbery that ended in the shooting death of Michelle Lai in 1994. New evidence has surfaced that shows me the verdict was wrong. Tyra is innocent and the Ohio Parole Board and Governor Kasich should take action to release her from prison immediately.

I had serious doubts about Tyra’s guilt at the time. I could tell she wasn’t really part of the group that committed the crimes. My gut told me that she had just found herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. But we didn’t have the proof to back up my instinct.

It turned out the evidence existed- it just wasn’t presented at the trial. For example, as a juror I did not know that Tyra called 911 after the shooting to get help. I also did not realize that one of the victims had testified at an earlier trial that one of the other co-defendants -- not Tyra -- had committed the robbery that Tyra had confessed to committing. Knowing that now makes me believe that the “confession” Tyra made was false. She was young and scared, and false confessions unfortunately occur more frequently than they should, as we know from the Central Park Five and other cases. Her lawyers never told us about the concept of false confessions. I wish they had.

If I had known about the evidence that supports Tyra’s innocence at trial, I never would have voted to convict her.

Additionally, all four of Tyra's co-defendants, a witness and Tyra herself passed polygraphs supporting Tyra's innocence claim. Though polygraphs are not admissible in Ohio courts unless both sides agree, the results confirm the instincts I had at the time of the trial that Tyra is innocent.

Tyra has spent almost half her life behind bars for crimes she did not commit. She initially received a longer sentence than even the shooter herself.

I have lost many nights of sleep over Tyra’s case. I’m grateful that I now have the opportunity to help correct this injustice. I believe that if enough people sign this petition, the Ohio Parole Board and Governor Kasich will see that the public supports Tyra’s release and will do the right thing and allow her to come home. I hope that you will sign this petition and help begin to right this wrong. 


Ohio Parole Board
Ohio Governor
Gov. John Kasich, Ohio
We respectfully request that you make the right decision and recommend pardon for Tyra Patterson. This petition is in full and complete support of Tyra Patterson’s release. It’s time for Tyra to come home now.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Visit Tomorrow!

      Nancy Day
      Petition Organizer

      I am going with Tyra's legal team to visit her tomorrow. If you want us to pass words along to Tyra, please let us know! Please post on the Facebook page - Also, if you send a tweet to @justice4tyra with the hashtag #FreeTyra, we will pass it along to her as well. Thanks for your support and here's to Tyra going home!

      Justice For Tyra Patterson

      Justice For Tyra Patterson. 363 likes · 77 talking about this. As we fight for Tyra's release, please remember that a fifteen year old Michelle Lai tragically lost her life on September 20, 1994. Tyra will not tolerate any negative or disparaging comments about the victims of that night.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roslyn Millius BEAVERTON, OR
      • 15 days ago

      the missing evidence holds weight on the jurors opinion.

    • Michael Mayerhofer ROCHESTER, NY
      • 16 days ago

      Evidence not being admitted is criminal, all because the prosecution knows with the evidence left out they would have been found innocent. Our justice system has had laws created on top of laws and is in need of an overhaul. Sad story, free her now!

    • Shelley Branche COLUMBUS, OH
      • 19 days ago

      I had the pleasure of spending 9 yrs with this amazing young women. She made it possible for me to hold my head high I did the crime I was sentenced for, knowing she is innocent she can still give someone else hope and peace of mind. Please do the right thing and allow Tyra to go home to her family.

    • Tonya Edmonds WEST MILTON OHIO, OH
      • 22 days ago

      This Girl needs a chance to become a woman. She was a child herself. We all make mistakes. Let her family have her back.

    • Yuri Halberstadt AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • 23 days ago

      Court cases always have a will of their own. Once a person is accused, the case works in one direction only: convict. Finding the truth and the principle of innocent until proven guilty are being outweighed by the lynching mob's desire to convict. In court cases it is often obvious the system wants to convict someone, anyone, even if they are not guilty, rather than not being able to punish anyone.


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