Why this petition matters
A letter written by Iman Frison:
Dear World ,
My name is Iman Frison, I’m 27 years old and I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. My entire life has been like a movie, with its up’s, downs, and plot twists. I have seen it all and done it all, since a very young age. Growing up in the environment of having a single mother of 5 children, was extremely tough. I am the oldest boy out of 3, with 2 sisters. My father never really played an active role in my life. It created trauma throughout my childhood and even adult life. I felt and still feel abandoned. I tried doing anything I possibly could to have him a part of my life. With all the great things I’ve done, he still never showed up. When I graduated 8th grade, no show, high school graduation, no show, not even prom. I really tried to make him proud, before where I’m at now.
Today, I am writing you all from Menard Correctional Facility in Illinois. I’m incarcerated for murder. The state declared me to serve 47 years, 22 years for Murder and 25 years for discharging a firearm that caused great bodily harm or death. I was locked up at the very young age of 18 years old. I have never been arrested or had any criminal history in my life, until now. At that time, I was enrolled as a full-time student at Harold Washington, a part of the City Colleges of Chicago. I know that a life has been lost, however, I feared for my life and acted in self-defense. On December 19th, 2013, I was attacked by a group of men, who were known in the neighborhood to be armed and dangerous. I had a jury trial and was found guilty of First-Degree murder, instead of Second-Degree murder.
Since then, I have spent many years away from my family, friends, with lack of freedom. I know that I’m not perfect, but there’s no doubt that I have a pure HEART and SOUL. I do deserve a second opportunity at life. I want to spend time helping other disproportionate and underrepresented black men, like myself, who end up in the vicious cycle of mass incarceration.
This letter is written because I have been wrongfully convicted of First-Degree Murder. I have newly discovered evidence that proves my acts of self-defense. The only eyewitness came to testify against me at trial. Now 3 witnesses have come forward, who wasn’t at trial.
On my behalf, I’m sure you all have read many letters, similar to mines, but I pray that this one stands out and touches your HEART, MIND, BODY, and SOUL in a undeniable way.
Thank you for your time,
Iman, meaning faith.
P.O. BOX 1000
MENARD, IL, 62259
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Iman Frison is currently in custody in the Illinois Department of Corrections, convicted of First-Degree Murder, instead of Second-Degree. He was Sentenced To 47 years, 22 years for Murder and 25 years for discharging a firearm that caused great bodily harm or death, and now fighting for an appeal.
We ask that the State of Illinois to release Iman or drop his sentence to a lesser charge. He could possibly spend the rest of his life in prison for acting in self-defense and protecting himself from harm, which is something we all have a constitutional right to do as an American in this country.
Please sign this petition for the support of an appeal for Iman Frison’s unconstitutional and unlawful sentencing.