Support Clemency for Chad O`Handley

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I am starting this petition to gain your support for Chad O'Handley's clemency efforts.

Chad is serving 70 years for second degree murder and robbery. Chad has already served 18 years for the crimes he was present for but maintains he did not commit. This is not an effort to establish his innocence but to reduce his punishment. We are looking for your support to reduce a sentence that feels like a life sentence and grant a second chance to a truly remorseful man.

Through his incarceration he has come from a misdirected young man to a polite, affectionate, well rounded and very responsible individual. He has worked diligently on making mature decisions when dealing with daily stress and I know he has committed to himself and his family the will to become a productive and law-abiding member of society. He has come to understand the impact he had on the victims and is remorseful for his actions. He has identified what led him to his illegal activity and created a very thorough plan to avoid these situations. Most importantly, he has learned how wrong his actions were and vows to never harm another.

Chad is a commendable inmate who is well respected and liked by the staff and his fellow inmates alike. He has worked hard throughout his incarceration and participated in all the programs he was offered in different facilities. He has worked as an electrician, on the paint crew, he was a tutor teaching other inmates and is currently working on the plumbing crew. He mentors and teaches other inmates and encourages them to lead a better and sober life. He has stayed out of trouble during his time and was never involved in any illegal activities or violence. On the contrary, he spends his free time productively. He is a very talented artist and contributes to the Prison Art Foundation.

For the past eighteen years, Chad has witnessed the release of many offenders convicted of more severe crimes who fell under the old law granting parole and served far less time than him. There is no parole for Chad.

I am asking you, Governor Northam, to please give Chad a second chance. Please have mercy and reduce his sentence. Don’t let him grow old and die in prison.

As Christians we believe that God offers hope, healing, and a new purpose for each life. Even the most broken people and situations can be made whole again. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, and the cycle of crime is replaced by a cycle of renewal.

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Thank you and blessings to you and your families.