Commute the sentence of Charceil Kellam
Please release Charceil Kellam, who is serving a life sentence plus 30 years as a Federal Prison inmate, & give her a second chance...at life.
She was charged with being part of a drug conspiracy that took place over the course of four years (2002-2006), and was held accountable for between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms.This mother of two young children and adult son was subject to an effective life sentence under 18 U.S.C. 924( c ), a notorious blunderbuss statue carrying harsh mandatory sentences.
She was a drug user, but has never been committed or charged with a violent crime in her life, nor was she a drug kingpin. The DEA, when Charceil and her co-defendants were arrested, described some of her co-defendants as “violent drug traffickers,” yet Charceil’s sentence is far longer than that of any other defendant, though not one piece of evidence ties her to any violent action or any weapon.n. Charceil has been very active while in prison.
Charceil is supported by numerous family, friend, pastors and Winchester Virginia community members. Most notable is her 103 year old grandmother Viola Brown. Charceil, her mother and grandmother are very close. Both Charceil’s mom and grandmother want her sentence commuted so she can return home before her 103 year old grandmother dies. Charceil also wants to return home and hopes to have the chance to see her young daughter graduate from high school in 2016. Charceil exhausted all court appeal opportunities in 2013.
In a 2007 address at Howard University, after noting that then-President George W. Bush had been skeptical of lengthy sentences for first-time drug offenders, you stated: “I agree with the President. The difference is he hasn’t done anything about it. When I’m President, I will. We will review these sentences to see where we can be smarter on crime and reduce the blind and counterproductive warehousing of non-violent offenders.” Sen. Barack Obama, Address at Howard University Convocation (Sept. 28, 2007).
It is time for Charceil to go home. Please help her go home by signing this petition which will be included in her federal application for Commutation of Sentence.