Repeal 30 year sentence / Grant Clemency / Offer a Trial
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Petition to the Governor of the State and Florida law makers.
Please review and repeal this extremely harsh 30 year sentence for a non-violent convict.
30 years with 3 minimum mandatory is the sentence handed to Daniel Knight on a single low level drug charge . The amount of drugs involved is around the same weight as a few American Nickels, or just over 10 grams. Daniel has had only 2 prior arrests, also non-violent.
Over 1/2 million dollars of Florida tax money is needed to keep a non-violent person incarcerated for most of his adult life.
No trial for this case was ever offered.
The judge who sentenced Daniel was new to the bench and gave no explanation for such a harsh sentence. This 1 term judge was voted out after repeatedly being in the news over his many senseless decisions.
Options to free or release Daniel Knight from state custody to his family:
1) Trial 2) Clemency 3) Reduce Sentence to allow Application of Clemency.
TRIAL: New evidence must be found or a mistake discovered to get an approved appeal and a court date for a trial. To do this Daniel would need an appellate attorney. Cost= $20-$30 thousand dollars with no guarantee.
1) Daniel's plea was signed illegally.
2) The prosecutor lied to the judge multiple times.
3) The public defender failed adequate representation.
CLEMENCY : Daniel has already served 7 years but is not eligible for clemency unless his sentence is reduced. Florida requires 1/3 of the sentence to be served for clemency.
Rule 17 could be the exception to this but it would require the current governor or board members approval.
REDUCE SENTENCE :
The state prosecutor recommended a maximum 15 year sentence
PLEASE FORWARD TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
NPR FM radio interview skip to 32:00 for segment on Daniel's story.
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Send written letters to :
Daniel J. Knight DC 305757
Zephyrhills Correctional Institution
2739 Gall Boulevard
Zephyrhills, Florida 33541-9701
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS
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