Petitioning Governor John Hickenlooper

A CHILD SENTENCED TO DIE in PRISON AND ADULT Co-def gets a plea deal! Where is the justice


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  • My name is Jeff Johnson and I was a juvenile who was tried as an adult and sentenced to die in prison for being at a murder and my codefendant who is the murderer was given a plea bargain.

Yes, My codefendant confessed to the murder and wrote me a letter over a decade ago that you can read letter on All of the victim's DNA was on my codefendants clothing, etc, none on me, which there would've been if I was close because our case was a stabbing case.  I was there and I didn't do anything to help the victim, I acted as a coward, not a man. I believe I should do time but I fail to understand how I'm being held more accountable than the actual killer? I've never had any felonies or anything before this, my codefendant had several as a juvenile and was even fighting six other felony charges when we caught this case.

My codefendant and I barely even knew eachother, I met him at the emancipation home that I was living in that he had gotten out of a couple of years prior to me arriving there. One of the foster brothers saw him on the bus and brought him home, he asked the foster mom to take him to get his check but she couldn't go because her car was broke down. The foster brother who saw him on the bus couldn't go because he was on a court curfew for a stolen car, so the foster mom told me to go with him; I've been in prison since. I've been in prison starting on 24 years. When I came in I was struggling to find my identity, I began to get involved in drugs and other things that plague our system. I only had a third grade reading level when I entered prison. I had no accomplishments or had I done anything to be proud of, I have since learned how to read, got my GED, went to college and recieved a paralegal degree.

Now, I have read hundreds of books on investing, real-estate, history, language, self-help, and religion. I even taught myself Spanish. I help teach a class based off of the book by Stephen Covey called "7-Habits of Highly Effective People". My father John Johnson and I have also been working on programs that will help to teach our at risk youth better ways of making the right CHOICES. For the last few years I've volunteered in the school and in the evening helping mentor and teach the other inmates various things. I have created several programs that provide gifts or raise money for victims of crime and cancer. I was asked by the Colorado Department of Corrections to help them write a three year long program that would help reintegrate juveniles who were tried as adults( like myself) and had been in prison for at least 20 years learn the tools they needed to become contributing members of society. I interviewed over a 140 staff members and even more offenders who violated parole to do this. I'm currently designing and creating a Restorative Justice Workshop that will help offenders see first hand the destruction their actions caused not only to the victims, but their families, society, including ourselves as well. I have also created a program that reaches out to our at-risk youth, where we help show, teach, and mentor them using prison and our reality as a learning lesson. I don't believe in scaring them because everyone overcomes their fears however we can never educate them enough. I am writing all of this to you all because I need help saving what little life I have left or I'm going to die in here.

I need to raise 250,000 signatures or more to give to Governor Hickenlooper and ask that he commutes my sentence. I thank all of you for your time and ask that you sign this petition and pass it around and post it on all of your social media sites. I need all of you to help me, please. This will be my last chance at a second chance. Thank you. To learn more about me you can go to the following sites:

             About Jeff Johnson

     Newspaper Articles Available 

1. - title - Will Juvenile Lifers Get A Second Chance? - by Alan Prendergast - 11/29/12

2. - title - A Story About Life - by Hannah Garcia - 2/25/15

3. - title - Juvenile Justice - by Jordan Steffen - 7/01/16

Podcast Available

4. - it's under - Hearsay Legal Podcast - title - A Story About Life - by Hannah Garcia - 2/25/15

Other Personal Sites Available

5. - title - Support for Jeff Johnson

6. - Website pertaining to my case ONLY

You can also email or write me directly using Connect or at the following address. I also write short articles on Facebook so please friend me, thank you.

Jeff Johnson #86873

PO Box 999

Canon City, CO 81215

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