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President Obama: Commutation for Terry Young – Given 2 Life Sentences, even though his indictment did not state or include any drug types or any drug quantities.

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To the Public:  WE NEED YOUR HELP, to help Terry Young get the justice he deserves, and was deprived of when he was sentenced to LIFE in prison.  Terry Young has already served over 17 years in Federal prison, doing far more time than he should have received base on what he was indicted for.  Terry doesn’t deserve to spend the rest of his life behinds bars serving time based on a crime that he should have only received 51 months minimum or up to 20 years maximum.

 
Terry B. Young, a 3 time decorated U.S. Army veteran, college graduate, and 1st time nonviolent offender was convicted of a drug conspiracy with no drug amounts in 1999.  Despite having no prior record and being a nonviolent offender, he was given mandatory 2 life sentences without parole. The Judge in his case decided to assume that Mr. Young’s offense carried 2 Life sentences of imprisonment, when in fact; according to the Constitution, and Supreme Court Precedent, Mr. Young should not have received no more than 51 months. His lawyers agreed.  Upon resentencing, Mr. Young was given a reduction of one of his life sentences to 20 years by which the judge presiding over his case decided that he would not rule on his other life sentence in defiance to what the appellate court had actually instructed him to do.  This is a travesty of justice.  This should not have been allowed.  
 
Terry has accepted his part for what has caused him to be sent to prison in the first place.  Terry was charged with conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin, and money laundering.  In April of 1998, a jury found Mr. Young guilty on Counts 1, 2 and 14 of a superseding indictment.  Count 1 charged that Terry Young conspired to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and heroin, Count 2 he was charged with possessing with intent to distribute one kilogram of cocaine, and Count 14 charged Mr. Young with money laundering.   Mr. Young’s sentenced was enhanced for weapons allegedly used by others, but Young was never charged with or alleged to have used any weapons. 

Terry Young’s 1st indictment charged him with 2 life sentences on Counts 1 and 2, and 20 years on Count 14.  On August 29, 2002, the Court affirmed the appellant’s convictions, but vacated his sentences and remanded them for resentencing.  The Court’s judgment and opinion made clear that the Court vacated Young’s sentences on all three counts of conviction.  It also stated that none of Young’s convictions can be considered crimes of violence.  The Government’s Response to Young’s rehearing also stated vacating Young’s sentence on Count 2, and remanding to the District Court for resentencing because the jury was not required to determine the quantity of drugs involved in Young’s offenses, “in accord with Apprendi, the District Court on remand may  not impose a sentence in excess of 20 years, the Government also stated, likewise, in resentencing on Count 1, the District Court will of course be OBLIGED to honor Apprendi, and to resentence Young to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment on that count as well, the Government Response also stated that Young’s Rehearing was unnecessary since this Court has already vacated Young’s sentence on Count 1, and said the District Court will impose a lawful sentence in accordance with Apprendi on remand.  It was then submitted by the United States Attorney and the Assistant United States Attorney in August 2002.
 
The Government instructed the Courts to remand both of Terry’s life sentences on Count 1 and on Count 2, to no more than 20 years maximum, so why is Mr. Young still serving life in prison?  Mr. Young has paid his debt to society.  He deserves to be released from prison immediately.  We are asking the Government and Courts to honor the Government’s Response and/or commute Young’s sentence to time already served.   

Even though Terry was given an unjust harsh sentence which didn’t fit the crime he was charged with, he never let that or his situation hinder him from being a strong & model prisoner.  Throughout his 17 years of imprisonment, Terry has educated himself, maintained a positive attitude, enhancing himself with positive programs and encouraging those around him.  He has completed over 250 classes and/or trainings in which he has received numerous certificates, awards, and accolades while in prison.  He has instructed numerous self-help, re-entry programs while serving his time productively. 
 
Mr. Young earned his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Governors State University in the fall of 2013, with a GPA of 3.8, graduating Cum Laude, while still in prison. He has earned many credentials to show himself and others that he has overcome many adversities of his past, and can effectively control his life once released from prison.  Several of his college professors have written and sent letters to the President and senators stating what a great student Mr. Young was and how he showed exemplary  willingness to be the best student, all while overcoming his current situation.  His current situation also includes serious health illnesses, which posed a threat to his life.

During his time of imprisonment, Terry Young has many supporters from many walks of life that have written several letters of support, urging our government to stand by their stance and open and review Terry’s case.  Once reviewed, you will see that he has served his time and that many errors were overlooked in his case on numerous occasions.  The main error overlooked was the Apprendi issue he did raise before sentencing, but was totally overlooked by the deciding judge on record. 

In closing, we can’t continue to sit back and let this type of injustice carry on.   Please support us in our fight for justice.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Letter to
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Ted Cruz
Representative Nancy Pelosi
and 4 others
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole
THE TIME IS NOW! Seek the Commutation of Terry B. Young's Life Imprisonment - Time Already Served

President Obama: Commutation for Terry Young – Given 2 Life Sentences, even though his indictment did not state or include any drug types or any drug quantities. On remand the District Court removed 1 life sentence, and then ignored the U.S. Government Department of Justice Attorney’s instructions that in accordance with the Constitution and "Apprendi" Supreme Court Law, that no more than 20 years could be the maximum on Counts 1 and 2. Why is he still serving LIFE without parole? How did this happen? Why was his sentence enhanced?

To the Public: WE NEED YOUR HELP, to help Terry Young get the justice he deserves, and was deprived of when he was sentenced to LIFE in prison. Terry Young has already served over 17 years in Federal prison, doing far more time than he should have received base on what he was indicted for. Terry doesn’t deserve to spend the rest of his life behinds bars serving time based on a crime that he should have only received 51 months minimum or up to 20 years maximum.

Terry Young is the father of 7 children, whom he loves dearly, even though he has been unable to be there for them because of his harsh unjust sentence that he received. He has missed many birthdays and special occasions, such as their graduations, family gatherings, and so much more by being sentenced to life in prison. While incarcerated for this outrageous sentence, his mother, father, godmother, and brother have all passed away and he was unable to attend their funerals. We need all of your support to help bring awareness to his case so that Terry can come home and be reunited with his family whom he has been absent from much of their childhood, and now adulthood.

Terry Young is a 3 Time Honorable Decorated US Army Veteran, where he received many honorable awards, merits, pins, and ribbons, just to name a few, for his outstanding performance while serving his country that he loves so much. He is a 1st time nonviolent offender, who had no prior record and was given 2 life sentences without parole. When according to the Constitution and the Supreme Court Laws, should have only received 51 months, in which his lawyers agreed because he was convicted of a drug conspiracy with no drug types or quantities in 1999. Even though Terry was given a reduction of one of his life sentences to 20 years, the judge presiding over his case decided that he would not rule on his other life sentence in defiance to what the appellate court had actually instructed him to do. This is a travesty of justice. This should not have been allowed.

Mr. Young earned his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Governors State University in the fall of 2013, with a GPA of 3.8, graduating Cum Laude, while still in prison. He has earned many credentials to show himself and others that he has overcome many adversities of his past, and can effectively control his life once released from prison. Several of his college professors have written and sent letters to the President and senators stating what a great student Mr. Young was and how he showed exemplary willingness to be the best student, all while overcoming his current situation. His current situation also includes serious health illnesses, which posed a threat to his life.

Terry has accepted his part for what has caused him to be sent to prison in the first place. Terry was charged with conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin, and money laundering. In April of 1998 a jury found Mr. Young guilty on Counts 1, 2 and 14 of a superseding indictment. Count 1 charged that Terry Young conspired to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and heroin. Count 2 he was charged with possessing with intent to distribute one kilogram of cocaine, and Count 14 charged Mr. Young with money laundering. Mr. Young’s sentenced was enhanced for weapons allegedly used by others, but Young was never charged with or alleged to have used any weapons.

Terry Young’s 1st indictment charged him with 2 life sentences on Counts 1 and 2, and 20 years on Count 14. On August 29, 2002, the Court affirmed the appellant’s convictions, but vacated his sentences and remanded them for resentencing. The Court’s judgment and opinion made clear that the Court vacated Young’s sentences on all three counts of conviction. The Government Response stated that none of Young’s convictions can be considered crimes of violence. The Government’s Response to Young’s Rehearing also stated on record, and explained in vacating Young’s sentence on Count 2, and remanding to the District Court for resentencing because the jury was not required to determine the quantity of drugs involved in Young’s offenses, “in accord with Apprendi, the District Court on remand may not impose a sentence in excess of 20 years, the Government also stated, likewise, in resentencing on Count 1, the District Court will of course be OBLIGED to honor Apprendi, and to resentence Young to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment on that count as well. The Government Response also stated that Young’s Rehearing was unnecessary since this Court has already vacated Young’s sentence on Count 1, and said the District Court will impose a lawful sentence in accordance with Apprendi on remand. It was then submitted by the United States Attorney and the Assistant United States Attorney in August 2002.

The Government instructed the Courts to remand both of Terry’s life sentences on Count 1 and on Count 2, to no more than 20 years maximum; so why is Mr. Young still serving life in prison? Mr. Young has paid his debt to society. He deserves to be released from prison immediately. We are asking the Government and Courts to honor the Government’s Response and/or commute Young’s sentence to time already served.

Even though Terry was given an unjust harsh sentence which didn’t fit the crime he was charged with, he never let that or his situation hinder him from being a strong & model prisoner. Throughout his 17 years of imprisonment, Terry has educated himself, maintained a positive attitude, enhancing himself with positive programs and encouraging those around him. He has completed over 250 classes and/or trainings in which he has received numerous certificates, awards, and accolades while in prison. He has instructed numerous self-help, re-entry programs while serving his time productively.

Scott P. Bonham, a Chaplain who heads the Life Connections Program, with the U.S. Department of Justice, at the Federal Bureau of Prisons wrote a compelling letter on Terry Young’s behalf stating that after working with Mr. Young in the Life Connection Program, he (Mr. Young) had become an excellent participant, one of the Life Connections best students, and that he has a great desire to give back to the other participants in the program. He also stated that in his own words that “Mr. Young is truly a natural leader and a man of considerable intelligence. Other men are drawn to him for counsel and advice. Mr. Young’s advocacy of the Life Connections Program has been a tremendous blessing and positive influence. I believe Mr. Young will be one of the great success stories of the Life Connections Program”. He also stated that that when Terry is released from prison he would have no difficulty whatsoever in obtaining gainful employment, and Mr. Young would truly love to rectify his past actions by giving back to the community and helping at-risk individuals. Chaplain Bonham also stated that Mr. Young has learned just as much from other people’s difficulties as he has learned from his own, and that his incessant quest for further knowledge has placed Mr. Young in a unique position to be able to teach others to also put their experiences to use for the betterment of all. This is just a sample of people of authority who have had a chance to meet and associate themselves with Mr. Young. They all agree that he has accepted responsibility for his actions of his past, and now has moved forward to be a better person who constantly seeks the betterment of anyone who needs his guidance and assistance.

During his time of imprisonment, Terry Young has many supporters from many walks of life that have written several letters of support to President Obama, Senator Dick Durbin, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, The Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate, the U.S House of Representatives, Representative Nancy Pelosi, and so forth, urging our government to stand by their stance and open and review Terry’s case. Once reviewed, you will see that he has served his time and that many errors were overlooked in his case on numerous occasions. The main error overlooked was the Apprendi issue he did raise before sentencing, but was totally overlooked by the deciding judge on record.

In closing, we can’t continue to sit back and let this type of injustice carry on. Let’s work together to make sure this doesn’t happen to your brother, father, sister, mother, close friend or relative. Please support us in our fight for Justice.