HELP DAVID DIAZ, AN INNOCENT MAN WHO HAS BEEN IN PRISON FOR 20 YEARS, OBTAIN HIS FREEDOM
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DAVID'S STORY: David Diaz is currently in prison serving a 37 year-to-life sentence for a shooting that happened in 1998 in Los Angeles county. He was just 19 years old when an LAPD squad forced their way into his home and arrested him for various counts and enhancements of attempted murder. In court, the police and prosecutor alleged that David approached a man named Remberto Preciado, asked him what street gang he belonged to, and then proceeded to shoot him. Remberto was shot in the leg as a result of this.
David rebutted those false allegations with evidence showing he was at the cinema with his girlfriend and family at the time of the shooting. Therefore, he could not have committed this crime. But the jury was persuaded by the prosecutor's case and ultimately convicted David on all counts and enhancements, which resulted in his current life sentence.
David, now 39-years-old , has been in prison 20 years now. To date, all witnesses in the case -- including the victim Remberto- - have declared that David is innocent. In fact, in a recent news article written by Isaias Alvarado, a Univisión News reporter, the injustice of David's case is expressed through the various interviews of several witnesses- - including Remberto- - and people close to the case.
Please see the following Univision News article pertaining to David's case:
Despite evidence of his innocence, David remains in prison with his sentence in full force and effect. If he serves his full sentence, he will be out of prison when he is 57 years old, in 2035.
Despite the wrongful conviction, David has not sat idle in prison all these years however. He has made it a point to educate himself by completing numerous self-help programs (A.A., N.A., C.G.A., Parenting classes, Life Skills, G.O.G.I., etc.) and correspondence courses through the mail ( Paralegal studies and Bible studies). He is currently undergoing college classes to obtain his associates degree and is also enrolled in a business entrepreneur class through the DEFY program at his prison. David has held many prison jobs throughout his imprisonment, and is currently assigned as a peer mentor in the prison's S.U.D.T. program where he mentors other prisoners about cognitive behavioral intervention, anger management, criminal thinking, family relations, and life skills.
It is our sincerest hope that you will join us in fighting for David's release. So many people want him out -- including the victim Remberto- - and we feel David's case is a perfect example of why something needs to be done. The solution we seek here via this petition is to request David's release from custody from California Governor Jerry Brown. Governor Brown has power and authority to release David through the commutation process. Your support of this petition will tell Governor Brown that David deserves to come home already. In 2015, we requested a commutation from Governor Brown based on David's innocence and the unusual length of sentence David received on gun enhancements (28 years-to-life) , but to date, no action or response has been given on said commutation.
Please join us in signing and supporting this petition. It is the right thing to do to correct the injustice that occurred with David. Thank you for your time and support.
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