Commute Kyle Kimoto's Prison Sentence
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By the young age of 25 Kyle Kimoto was running a very successful telemarketing company. However, Kyle began to care more about the companies’ growth and success than the quality of the product he was selling and his company was shut down by the FTC for fraud. Kyle went to civil court, was ordered to pay restitution, and lost nearly everything he had. Many years later, he was charged criminally and sentenced to 29 years and two months in prison as a first-time nonviolent offender.
This is a plea to the president for a sentence commutation from Kyle’s oldest son who like many others, has lost his father and role model to the US prison system at a young age. If being forced at age 15 to grow up quickly and care for my family has taught me anything it is that sentencing for nonviolent first-time offenders is inordinately harsh and does much more harm than good.
After raising six children and serving 10 hard years in prison, my dad sees the folly and immaturity in his early drive for material success. He is a changed man and someone I can turn to for anything. He loves his children and only wants to be with and provide for them at home.
While in prison my father has taught parenting classes and helped other inmates who struggle connecting with and fathering their own families. He has facilitated events such as Carnival Day or holiday themed family visits to promote positive and meaningful interactions between inmate fathers and their children. He also regularly teaches Sunday school.
While my young father made mistakes, his sentence is unreasonable. Does a 29-year sentence give a man a second chance or help his family? Despite contradictory testimony of satisfied customers, the government deemed that every one of Kyle’s customers were defrauded taking his sentence from 30 months to 29 years. There are rapists and murderers who receive a prison sentence of five years or less.
My dad’s customers had loss amounts of $159 or less. Jeff Skilling, CEO of Enron, received a 14-year sentence knowingly defrauding people of their whole life savings and destroying careers.
Guilty or not, my dad’s sentence is harsh and excessive. There have been other convicted felons with overall loss amounts in the billions who receive 12 years. Why is my father being punished so severely in comparison?
Can these ridiculously long prison sentences be justified in helping society and the perpetrators? Families, communities, and our nation are weakened by the thousands of fatherless homes created by excessive and unwarranted prison sentences without thought to who it truly affects; the families themselves.
President Trump, I plead on behalf of my father and the thousands of other fathers and families that Kyle Kimoto's sentence be commuted. Nonviolent first-time offenders only deserve a second chance and to be with their families.
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