Help my husband Deshawn T. who has been in jail for 7 years for a crime he didn’t commit

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My husband Deshawn Thomas has spent 7 years in county jail since he was 17 years old with no conviction for a crime he didn’t commit.

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Deshawn was at a park waiting for a ride home due to his mom not being able to pick him up. His friend the (driver) who is also his co defendant arrived to pick him up and take him home. Before they left the other two teenage co defendants arrived to the park in which Deshawn and the driver where asked if they knew someone who sold marijuana. My husband connected him to SOMEONE who knew a dealer, but DID NOT know the direct dealer. (The drug dealer is son of a probation officer) The shooter set up a buy but the plan changed once the (the shooter) decided to rob the drug dealer.  Deshawn disagreed and decided to take off with the driver and go back home. He did not want to participate in this new plan. 

That’s when everything went wrong. While Deshawn and the driver where on their way back home. The driver received a call from the shooter asking him to turn around to pick them up. When the shooter and the his co defendant got picked up they had said everything went wrong. But didn’t clearly mentioned what had happened.

Today, 7 years later, Deshawn is still being held without bail and obligated to serve time for a crime he had no part in.

No one should be held for 7 years, especially not a 17 year old who had no record of violence, and did not commit this crime.

Deshawn didn’t want to be part of the robbery. Our broken justice system has kept him from justice. Senate Bill 1437 should release him and the justice system should not abandon someone in jail and violate constitutional rights 

We can’t give Deshawn those seven years back. He should have been starting his life with me and his family. It’s time for the head office of San Bernardino District Attorney Jason Anderson and District Attorney Will Wooten to drop these charges and let Deshawn come home as the new law SB1437 has been in effect as of January 2019.

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