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Petitioning Ohio Governor John R Kasich and the Ohio Parole Board and 2 others

Release Eddie Hill from a life sentence he does not deserve!

A CASE OF GROSS INJUSTICE  -  Eddie Hill committed NO CRIME, yet because he witnessed his former brother-in-law commit murder, he has served 27 years toward a life sentence in an Ohio prison for playing a part in these two murders.

Donald  “Duke” Palmer is the man who actually killed both victims. He was executed in 2012 for these crimes. When his execution date was ultimately scheduled, he finally presented the testimony which he had withheld from the jurors at Eddie’s trial:  Eddie was completely uninvolved in the double killings. His only crime was that AFTER Palmer shot and killed both men, Eddie – shocked and terrified – felt forced to assist this crazed man with a gun in helping to move one of the victim's bodies and dispose of some evidence. (See Palmer's Declaration here: http://email9869.wix.com/declaration

With the benefit of Duke’s notarized statement exonerating Eddie from actual participation in the killings, his attorney, Barry Wilford, applied for clemency in 2012. Incredibly, the Ohio Parole Board recommended against clemency, and Governor John Kasich denied the application in March, 2014. Wilford will file another application for clemency in Eddie’s behalf in 2016. “The interests of justice demand that this miscarriage be corrected,” Wilford stated, “and that Eddie Hill be released from a life sentence which he did not earn or deserve.”

MEET EDDIE HILL  -  Eddie was only 15 when he first met Duke. They were the same age and became fast friends. Then in 1983, Duke and Eddie's sister were married and had two children. A couple of years later, they divorced, and Eddie lost track of Duke for several years.        

In 1989, when Eddie was 23, Duke reappeared, but he wasn't the same Duke. He had become addicted to alcohol and cocaine. This re-acquaintance led Eddie to be in the same vehicle with Duke when he committed the murders described above.

In spite of his sentence, Eddie, now 50, has done extremely well in prison. He leads a clean and decent life, is a model inmate, and is respected by staff and fellow inmates alike. He has become an accomplished musician and music teacher; he formed a band that has played for functions at the prison for nearly 25 years, and he's the president of the music program.

What is even more amazing is that Eddie has become one of the most gifted dog trainers that Karen Shirk and Jeremy Dulebohn have ever seen! They are the founding director and training director respectively, of  4Paws for Ability, an international, non-profit dog-training organization for the disabled. Shirk explains that their policy is not to hire felons yet in the case of Eddie, he says, “We’d hire him tomorrow,” [In fact], we keep writing to the parole board and the governor [for him]. He is something special.” Eddie has been with 4Paws for 14 years now and has moved on to doing advanced service training, such as teaching dogs to turn on lights and open doors.

Prison wardens and guards privately consult with him about their own pets. Eddie has kept a detailed journal of the dogs he has trained. “… every dog has given me back everything I’ve put into them tenfold,” he says. “I wish I’d known about this before I ended up in here. If I ever get out, it’s what I want to do, but I’m not up for parole until 2049.”  Eddie will be 83 in 2049.

Eddie is a man who made a mistake when he was young and he has already paid with a large part of his life. Is this really a case of someone who should never be set free? We believe that he deserves a second chance.

Please sign this petition calling on the Ohio Parole Board and Governor John Kasich to intervene and grant clemency to Edward Hill, who did not kill anyone!

Learn more about Eddie Hill   - "Meet the Prisoner With a Gift for Healing Dogs - Sixty dogs changed one man's life as much as he changed theirs." by Melissa Fay Greene -Reader's Digest Magazine, March 2014 - http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/prisoner-gift-wonder-dog/   

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