Mr. Bates was over sentenced he has spent 21 years in prison when 10-25 was the guildlines
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I am writing this petition asking for clemency/pardon for my husband, Mr. Anthony Bates a 41 year old man that deserves mercy and a chance at a fresh start. Anthony was 20 years old when he was sentenced by a judge trying to make a name for herself and the sentence does not match the crime. To society Mr. Bates is an inmate of the Michigan Department of Corrections but to others he is family!!! This petition exists because I firmly believe a commutation of Anthony’s sentence would be in the best interest of our society, justice, the taxpayer and last but not least, the family members, friends and loved ones who continue to suffer each day that Anthony remains incarcerated. Anthony has already completed 21 years of a 35-70-year sentence and paid dearly for the crime he is accused of. Mr. Bates was grossly over sentenced at the time of his conviction. Anthony was convicted of assault with intent to commit murder which normally has the sentence guidelines of 10-25 years and a weapons -felony firearms which is a mandatory 2-year sentence. 35-70 years is more time than what some 1st degree murder convictions have received. Despite his circumstances Mr. Bates has remained positive and hopeful, never losing his desire to re-enter society as a productive citizen. Anthony is a loving, compassionate husband that cares deeply for his family and friends. Anthony has taken advantage of several self-improvement/ educational programs provided by MDOC. Mr. Bates has also completed a trade program that will allow him to be employable once released. Also Anthony has been successful over the years of trying to maintain a job even while being incarcerated; making sure he stays active assuring that he will not pose an even greater burden on those who love him. Anthony Bates not only deserves clemency but his family deserves to reunite with him. Michigan's sentencing guidelines are not fair across the board and it allows the judge to use his/her personal feelings about the case when considering the sentence for convicts. I am asking Governor Rick Snyder to grant an executive pardon to Mr. Bates and that he be released immediately. I am also proposing that the MDOC review the records of it's prison population to see if anyone else been sentenced/ served more time than they may have deserved because of faulty sentencing guidelines especially in cases of African American's. Please sign this to help bring Anthony home.
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