- Governor Terry McAuliffeOffice of the Govenor
Demand Justice-Virginia Gave Mentally Ill Teen Two Life Sentences For non-Capital Crime!
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Chris Sharikas at a young age started suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and ended up committing a violent crime, a crime where his sentencing guidelines called for a 7 to 11 year sentence. The state knew that Chris suffered from a mental illness and sent him to a hospital for a short period with the hope that he would become competent to stand trial. The State returned Chris to Arlington County for sentencing. The county jail determined that Chris did not need the medications prescribed for his mental condition and decided to use a different approach. Chris' mental state deteriorated to the extent that he was no longer capable of showing remorse. This angered the Judge and he gave Chris maximum sentences.
At a Writ of Habeas Corpus hearing the Judge verbally confirmed the long sentences because he did not believe that Chris could recover from his illness. As a result Chris is serving multiple life sentences in a system of punishment because he is ill. Chris who never killed anyone has a longer sentence than the sniper who killed 22 people.
Since when in the United States do we sentence someone to prison simply because they are sick?
Please sign this petition to Governor Terry McAuliffe and ask him to pardon Chris so that he can receive care from a mental health care facility and not suffer a lifetime of punishment because he has a mental illness.
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- Office of the Govenor
Governor Terry McAuliffe
We are asking you to right a wrong. Chris Sharikas as a teenager had the misfortune of becoming a paranoid schizophrenic. While suffering this illness he committed a heinous crime against a young woman serving as an intern to the district attorney in Fairfax County. He was arrested and ended up convicted for his crimes. His victim recovered from her injuries and lives a productive life.
The wrong that we want to correct is that the judge disregarded Chris' sentencing guidelines of 7 to 11 years and sentenced him to two life terms plus 45 years. The judges anger can be attributed to the fact that when Chris returned from a mental hospital and declared mentally competent, Arlington County Corrections took him off of his medications. Chris become unremorseful. For this the judge threw the book at him.
The US Supreme Court has ruled that a Juvenile guilty of a non-capital crime should not be sentenced to life. In Chris' case, he was a mentally ill juvenile at the date of his crime.
Is it fair that people can commit murder like the sniper who killed 22 people or commit other capital crimes and get a lessor sentence than a mentally ill juvenile? This is the wrong that only you can correct.
Please pardon Chris so that he can receive proper medical and mental health care outside of a system of punishment. It is my opinion that someone should not be sentenced to an inordinate amount of time merely because they are sick.
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